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.