In presidential politics, endorsements may not matter (Snarkier headline: You’re doing a great job, Dick Codey)

Is there any tangible value to early endorsements in a presidential campaign? Mitt Romney is at 9% in New Jersey, despite the backing of State Senator (and former GOP State Chairman) Joseph Kyrillos, and John McCain, with the support of GOP State Chairman Tom Wilson, fundraiser Lewis Eisenberg, and Assemblyman Bill Baroni, has just 7% of the state Republican primary vote. And Duncan Hunter, who has the support of Congressman Jim Saxton, is at 1% — placing ninth out of the nine GOP possible GOP presidential contenders. Fred Thompson, who has no announced endorsements in New Jersey, is second in New Jersey with 12%.

On the Democratic side, Barack Obama, with the backing of Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Jersey City Mayor (and Hudson County Democratic Chairman) Jerramiah Healy, and a respectable group of legislators and Democratic leaders, is at just 22%. And John Edwards, who has the support of New Jersey’s most popular Democrat, Senate President Richard Codey, is at 8%.

The two front runners, Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, have scored most of the establishment endorsements.
In presidential politics, endorsements may not matter (Snarkier headline: You’re doing a great job, Dick Codey)