Democratic Party Leaders Are Mostly Sitting Out the Presidential Endorsement Race So Far. That’s What Republican Leaders Did in 2016.

Democratic Party leaders are endorsing presidential candidates just as slowly as Republicans did in 2016

Geoffrey Skelley of FiveThirtyEight –

Note from Ken Feltman:

Democratic leaders and elected officials are following an endorsement practice in 2020 that is similar to the pattern of Republican leaders in 2016.

Generally, when a party’s leaders delay endorsing, the ultimate nominee may prevail because of (1) personal wealth or financial support from people who usually do not participate in politics but view a particular candidate as “speaking” for them, or (2) the candidate’s support for a narrow policy or group that attracts people who would otherwise not participate. Often, the people who do participate are single-issue voters or tend to vote for candidates who support their views about immigrants, minorities and social issues.


About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Known as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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