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.