It’s getting down to the wire. Who will America hire?
As the presidential candidates scramble to up their ground games before the South Carolina primary, two key political endorsements have many pundits suggesting the race has already been decided. On the Democratic side, the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee (CBC-PAC) backed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley backed Senator Marco Rubio. Neither of these candidates performed well in the New Hampshire primary, but these coveted endorsements may not only give them the momentum needed to take South Carolina, but perhaps also clinch their party’s nomination.
That said, political endorsements do not guarantee a particular candidate will win. For example, Governor Nikki Haley supported Mitt Romey in the 2012 presidential election, but Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary. This particular outcome, however, cannot discredit the crucial role important endorsements can play.
If a voter is indecisive, an endorsement from a trusted local leader can give the voter confidence to cast a ballot in a particular way. With Governor Haley’s popularity among conservatives in her state, her support may cause republican South Carolina voters to see Rubio as the person most worthy to champion the GOP cause. Former Governor Jeb Bush knows the value of Haley’s endorsement. “She is the probably the most meaningful endorsement if there is,” Bush told an NBC reporter days before Haley announced that she would back Rubio. “If she is going to give an endorsement it would be the most powerful, meaningful one in the state.”
In the Democratic race, CBC-PAC’s support for Hillary Clinton may give her an edge among minority voters. For example, Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero and key member of the CBC-PAC is canvassing hard for Clinton in South Carolina. In total, ninety-percent of the CBC-PAC’s members believe Clinton will do more to advance both the Democratic and minority cause. Minorities across South Carolina appear to be listening; polls show they will stand behind their leaders. Since the South Carolina electorate is more diverse than New Hampshire and Iowa, the minority vote may be Clinton’s saving grace.
About now, you may be wondering whom Every Child Matters endorses. And the answer is simple. We endorse America’s kids! We work to make kids a national political priority. Therefore, the recent endorsements will not influence how we view or engage with any of the candidates. We still want to know what they will do to help America’s kids and working families, and we’ll continue our Digital Dialogue on the most important issues. Join us and make sure the candidates earn your vote by focusing on policies that create opportunity for our kids.