Who is endorsing the GOP presidential candidates

Published: Friday, Jan. 6 2012 11:57 a.m. MST

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Two new political endorsements of Republican presidential candidates made national headlines in recent days: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. secured the endorsement of the Boston Globe on Thursday, one day after Sen. John McCain endorsed Mitt Romney. The Globe endorsement feels like a big deal for Huntsman, who trails in the polls and faces a make-or-break proposition in the form of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. But for Romney, McCain's blessing was just the latest in a long line of high-profile endorsements that is unparalleled among his fellow GOP candidates. "Hoping to bolster credibility and build political muscle, Republican presidential contenders have jockeyed for months to woo governors and congressional lawmakers, state senators and county sheriffs, newspaper editorial boards and tea party activists," the Associated Press reported last week. "The game has been dominated so far by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who appears to have captured more endorsements than the rest of the field combined." In a broader sense, though, the Globe and McCain endorsements provide entree to a much larger issue: How much do political endorsements really matter in the first place? To be sure, some voters may put a lot of stock in a political endorsement. But, especially when the people doing the endorsing are fellow politicians, it is sometimes difficult to measure any discernable bump in the polls arising from a particular endorsement. For example, a 2007 New York Times article quoted Rutgers University political scientist and congressional expert Ross K. Baker as saying, "The political value of an endorsement by a member of Congress is only slightly more useful than an endorsement by a candidate’s mother. People who run from Washington have an inflated view of the importance of the people they deal with in Washington. … It marks you as an insider." Some endorsements do seem to matter in certain areas, as the following list shows. What follows are illustrative examples of the endorsements secured by the six remaining Republican candidates.
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JWB
Kaysville, UT

Rick Santorum definitely has the Iowa evangelicals endorsing him with his list of Vander Plaat and Hurley who lambast Romney and his background and beliefs.

Mc
West Jordan, UT

Tom Ridge was not Sec. of Health and Human Services. It was Homeland Security. They must hace been thinking of Thompson, who preceded Mike Leavitt.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

**'Mitt Romney to meet with Donald Trump today' - By Hal Boyd - Published by DSNews - 09/26/11

And yet:

**'Donald Trump: Mitt Romney 'doesn't get the traction' in race' - AP - Published by DSNews - 12/05/11

Mitt Romney won the Iowa vote by 8 votes. Even the Deseret news called it a 'virtual tie.'

Result?

**Iowa vote dosent resolve GOP search for identity by Charles Babington AP Published by the DSNews 01/04/12

Sound familiar?

**'Poll: Less than half of GOP primary voters satisfied with 2012 field' - By Mark Murray - NBC News - 06/15/11

**'GOP race narrows, but there's still no front runner' - By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers - Published by DSNews - 08/14/11

GoodGuyGary
Houston, TX

The more I see Pagan's, the more joy I have just to think how mad he will be when Mitt win the elections one by one, hahaha!

PHealey
Holladay, UT

GoodGuy

I like it : ))))

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Most of the clips from newspapers that appear in the comments are very dated and not necessarily apply to the article written. Some are pulled out of context and don't add to frank and open discussion. We need to have people put their thoughts about the articles and only use references, as needed. It is not a benefit for our group to have previous newspaper articles from months ago or in previous years be published multiple times for "whose benefit"? We need to research the recesses of our mind, thoughts, discussions and even history to present relational material for others to digest and not just inundate the paper/screen with other people's extracted words. We don't know if they are in context to what was said at the time. Credit may be given and the date listed but we don't know the intent of the author by extracting only certain words from someone else. There are many comments that are definitely candid, frank and forthright to continue these discussions through November and beyond but they need to be individual comments in addition to some other's thoughts we put into words. Thanks for helping us improve our process.

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