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Oct 13, 2014 5:09 PM

Kevin Landrigan: When do endorsements matter in NH campaigns?


Endorsements. Are you more likely to support a candidate if Hillary Clinton or Mitt Romney heaps praise on him or her?

According to polls the answer is no. This is particularly true in a state with savvy voters, inundated by heavyweight politicians who wish to be the next president.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is hoping eight mayors - including two political independents - will make a difference.

"Listen, it's nice to have the support of these mayors because they are on the ground doing the job in their communities, and when they say they can work with Jeanne Shaheen, 'She's helped us whenever we had issues with our communities,' I think that helps,'' Shaheen said.

Keene Mayor Kendall Layne once was a big, early activist for future President George H.W. Bush.

"But I am suggesting that as people are weighing the balance between the candidates, this will be a factor in weighing that balance,'' Lane said.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is getting the backing of public safety unions that usually go Democratic. The backing of firefighters for Republican Craig Benson helped him become the only GOP chief executive in nearly 20 years.

"Because public safety is our most important job in government, and we've worked very hard in our bipartisan budget that we passed without an income or sales tax to make sure we invest in things that are critical to keeping us safe,'' Hassan said.

But Scott Brown says endorsements won't be the determining factor.

"I don't think this election is going to be won on surrogates because people understand what is at stake.''

In primaries, they can do the most good.

Getting Kelly Ayotte, a pro-life and pro-gun senator to endorse moderate Republican Brown helped him to a 2-1 victory in September.

"Candidates have won the endorsement war and lost the election. But they all privately would admit they would rather have them than not.


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