In the Morning Papers, Endorsements Start Arriving
The editorial boards of Virginia's newspapers are starting to make their endorsements for governor.
The Daily Press this morning backed Republican Bob McDonnell. So did Inside Nova, which includes both the Manassas News-Messenger and the Potomac News. Also endorsing McDonnell this weekend were the Winchester Star and the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record.
The Washington Post's editorial board endorsed Democrat Creigh Deeds this morning.
Do newspaper endorsements matter?
They give candidate's good fodder for local ads where the papers circulate, but the conventional wisdom is that they rarely affect the outcomes of elections. One exception, it is now agreed, was likely the June primary election, when the Post board's endorsement of Deeds helped give him the momentum that propelled him to victory over Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe.
But of course, that was a Democratic electorate, so the voice of an editorial board that often expresses views in-line with the party's positions, might have carried particular weight. Plus, there was the surprise factor. The Post picked Deeds, whom polls had shown in third place, over the two guys who hailed from Northern Virginia.
The only endorsement that has come out so far in advance of the General Election that might be considered something of a surprise is the Daily Press, which backed Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine in 2005. But the nod isn't a entirely out of their recent endorsement patterns--the paper backed John McCain for president last year.
October 18, 2009; 11:49 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
Save & Share: Previous: Deeds, McDonnell Make Their Cases
Next: On Fox, McAuliffe and Rove Wager $5 on Va., N.J.
Posted by: OlMcCreedy | October 18, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: DwightCollins | October 18, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: conservativemaverick | October 18, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: OldVirginian | October 18, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: SMWE357 | October 18, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.