Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Do Endorsements Help? – 9KUSA, Maya Rodriguez

In the invisible primary, money and endorsements have historically been the currency of the realm. In 2016, they have been much less valuable. Among Republicans, endorsements from the disliked establishment are a handicap.

But among Democrats, there has been a race to accumulate them, with Hillary Clinton the runaway winner. Clinton used them first to highlight a gun control theme and later just went for volume. Bernie Sanders caught a few high-profile names to emphasize the diversity of his support. Probably more valuable to Sanders is the thousands of younger voters who show up at his rallies and can be directed to a caucus.

A few of Bernie Sanders’ endorsements:

State Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton)
State Senator Michael Merrifield (D-Colorado Springs)
State Representative Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont)
Former Colorado Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll
Sondra Young, civil rights leader
John Ford, Jefferson County teacher education leader
Eric Montoya, Thornton City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem
Jacob Smith, former Mayor of Golden
Linda Powers, former Colorado State Senator
Reverend Patrick Demmer, civil rights leader

A few of the Colorado Democrats endorsing Hillary Clinton:

Governor John Hickenlooper
Senator Michael Bennet
Representative Diana DeGette
Representative Ed Perlmutter
Representative Jared Polis
Former Colorado U.S. Senator Ken Salazar
Lt. Governor Joe Garcia
Denver Mayor Michel Hancock
State Senator Pat Steadman
State House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst

See 9News Story: Is there value to endorsements in the race for president?

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