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Do Endorsements Matter? Group Influence in the 1984 Democratic Caucuses
Ronald B. Rapoport, Walter J. Stone and Alan I. Abramowitz
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 85, No. 1 (Mar., 1991), pp. 193-203
Published by: American Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1962885
Page Count: 11
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Although candidates are very concerned about garnering prenomination group endorsements, there is virtually no research on the effects of such endorsements at the presidential level. In 1984, teachers', women's, and labor groups all endorsed Mondale for the Democratic nomination. Using a survey of Democratic caucus participants, we examine the effects of these endorsements on both candidate support and prenomination activity for the endorsed candidate. We find substantial effects of labor and teachers' group endorsements on the candidate choice of their members, but virtually no effect of women's groups. Labor union membership also had the greatest impact on campaign activity for Mondale.
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