by Henry Farrell on February 22, 2008

Megan McArdle “responds”: to my earlier “post”: on taxes and revealed preferences and really makes a bit of a mess of things. More detailed discussion below the fold. [click to continue…]

What Value are Endorsements?

by Brian on February 22, 2008

After the Super Tuesday primaries in the U.S., there was a lot of discussion that various big-name endorsements seem to have not made much difference. Most notably, despite being endorsed by Governor Patrick and Senators Kennedy and Kerry, Barack Obama got beaten heavily in Massachusetts. But what struck me at the time, and what seems to have been confirmed by subsequent contests, is that (at least in Democratic primaries) mayoral endorsements seem to make an enormous difference in the campaign. Not only does the candidate with the most endorsements seem to routinely win, they seem to outperform their poll numbers.
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