Endorsements Effect on the Governor's Race

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- New groups and high profile people continue to endorse the candidates for governor, but will it make a difference?

Tess Goodwin eats her food alone, taking time to think about the issues of the day, one of them, the race for governor.

"I've talked to my friends and stuff about who they are going to vote for and why and I've read up on it and certain things like that and watch the news," said Goodwin.

She made up her mind who she will vote for.

"I'm usually pretty well researched on things so I usually don't worry too much about what other people will say," said Goodwin.

That's why she said endorsements usually don't usually sway her opinion.

Political analyst David McQuilkin said Goodwin may not be the only one.

"The people who are committed the endorsement is not going to change their mind if someone else says we will vote for this guy or another," said McQuilkin.

But will it sway those undecided or moderates?

"The endorsement and who does the endorsement may make a difference," said McQuilkin

Hillary Clinton recently endorsed Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe.

Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli welcomed Ron Paul's endorsement, and Gary Johnson, a former New Mexico governor, backed Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis.

"Endorsements to the candidate may be important but to the voting public, are not nearly as important," said McQuilkin

He said for the candidate, it may mean extra money from an endorser, but for Goodwin it doesn't mean much.

"If it's someone I didn't respect, I would question if this person is a legitimate candidate," said Goodwin.

McQuilkin said he doesn't think endorsements from high-profile groups are much different that ones from people, but Goodwin said if it is an organization she believed in, it would matter to her.

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