Endorsements from political superstars are extremely important when running for office. In Ohio and Nebraska, all of the primary candidates that were endorsed by former President Donald Trump won their primaries. With Trump having a large influence on Republican elections, how is President Joe Biden doing?
Beto O’Rourke, a prominent Democrat who is trying to unseat Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX), said, “No one in Washington, D.C., right now can help us with the challenges that we have. This one is on all of us.” This denial of national Democrat politicians illustrates how Biden’s administration is doing.
Biden’s endorsement in Virginia, which was a key election, didn’t go as planned. Axios reported, “Biden has made just four endorsements since taking office: Reps. Melanie Stansbury (D-NM), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Shontel Brown (D-OH), as well as former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who lost a bid to regain his old job last fall.”
Biden’s advisors told Axios that Biden is going to be “strategic,” but with Biden’s difficulty in the polls, the White House has to know that the unpopularity will follow a candidate’s endorsement. As of May 11, FiveThirtyEight shows Biden’s approval rating sits at 41.7%.
Other Democrats have endorsed far more candidates. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has endorsed three candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Marianne Williamson have both endorsed 31 candidates, and Cory Booker (D-NJ) has endorsed 15 candidates.
Others fall behind with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) endorsing 13 candidates and Rep. Pramila Jayapal has endorsed six candidates.
On the Republican side, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has endorsed 43 candidates, Tom Cotton (R-AK) has endorsed 17 candidates, and Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) have each endorsed 30 candidates.
So, why has Biden not endorsed more candidates?
Aijalon Cordoza (R-VA) keyed in on his prediction for Biden endorsed candidates based on his own experience. Cordoza said, “My opponent was endorsed by President Biden and she just started sinking from there.
It’s not hard to imagine that Biden’s endorsement would cause some voters to shy away from the candidate. The way they see it is if they vote for that candidate, everything Biden has done wrong will come to their local level, up close and personal.