Peggy Moore’s years of work for President Obama’s
campaigns finally paid off Saturday.

With just four days before Election Day, Oakland City Council candidate Peggy Moore received an enormous boost in her bid to unseat At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan–President Obama’s endorsement.

News of the president’s endorsement was first reported early Saturday morning by Politico as part of a slew of late endorsement around the country for various local down-ballot races.

Although the president’s imprimatur on an Oakland City Council race is extremely rare, in this particular case, it is not entirely out-of-the-blue.

Moore, long a foot soldier in California for Obama’s two presidential campaigns, she served as state political director for Organizing for America, the post-election offshoot of the Obama campaign. Moore currently serves as Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s senior special advisor.

In a tweet Saturday morning, Moore expressed her exuberance following news of receiving the president’s support.

Whether the late timing of the endorsement is able to move the needle in this five-person council race obviously won’t be known until Tuesday night. Most insiders peg Kaplan as the frontrunner for re-election. However, among Oakland’s five City Council races, the at-large seat is the only one that could possibly be affected by ranked-choice voting, wherein voters are asked to rank their top three choices and candidates are encouraged to form coalitions.