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srpantalonas Donating Member (372 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:24 AM
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Do endorsements of Presidential candidates matter?
If a congressional candidate endorses someone you don't like or repsect, will you vote against that candidate? Are you more likely to vote for the candidate if he or she endorses your fav?

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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:27 AM
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1. I only pay attention to endorsements
if I don't really know much about the race. For offices where I have done my own research I follow my own thoughts.
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Punkingal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:30 AM
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2. no....
to both questions for me. I decide for myself entirely.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:34 AM
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3. in some cases
i think endorsements mostly help when it comes to close elections. if two candidates were running close and a very popular politician such as governor, senator, or whoever endorsed one of them, it would probably give them a little push to victory. they also help in getting attention to a candidate. especially if they are large organizations like sierra club, or unions who work hard to campaign on behalf of their candidates and help try to get votes out on election day. for people like us it wont matter much. but it's mostly for those who aren't very involved in politics but still vote and feel strongly about certain issues. and i personally wont be against anyone just because they endorsed someone who was not my choice for presidential candidate. cruz bustamante endorsed joe lieberman and heads his campaign in california. i sure wont vote for arnold because of it, or do anything that could help arnold.
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SadEagle Donating Member (664 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:54 AM
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4. If they're by superdelegates, yes.
Since that means electors for the candidate at the convention.
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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:03 AM
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6. good point
some endorsements matter more than others.
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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:00 AM
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5. Put Together They Make A Story
If a bunch of environmental groups endorse a candidate (or refuse to endorse him once in all his years of Governorship), it begins to paint a picture.

I won't make judgements based on endorsements, but if, say, a writer I really respect stands behind my judgment, I feel a whole lot better about it.
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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:08 AM
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7. are you referring to the Sierra club?
if so I see no governors listed as endorsed in 2002. I find that hard to believe to say the least so I emailed them. In the mean time do you care to provide a link?
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