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San Diego Politics: Do Endorsements Matter?

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Photo by Brooke Ruth

The postcard mailed out to nonpartisan voters who receive their ballots by mail, March 3, 2016.


Thad Kousser, political science professor, UC San Diego

Carl Luna, political science professor, San Diego Mesa College


On the national stage, former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced Wednesday he is endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz for president.

Locally, the Democratic and Republican parties have weighed in on this year’s San Diego County races and the candidates they're supporting.

But do endorsements make a difference to voters?

Many candidates who don’t get their party’s support win, Thad Kousser, political science professor at UC San Diego, told Midday Edition on Wednesday.

“We've seen this writ large with Donald Trump doing well because he is anti-establishment,” Kousser said.

In local politics, however, endorsements can help candidates mobilize support.

“You can now access people to help put up yard signs. You can access money,” political analyst Carl Luna said.

“In this below-the-radar races like an Assembly district — like a city council where who knows who these four Democrats are — having that party endorsement can give a big boost,” Kousser said.


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