endorsement watch
November 25, 2019

Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden's Democratic presidential bid Monday during a CNN interview.

Titus, who has worked with Biden in the past, called the former vice president the "best qualified" candidate among a field of "good Democratic" contenders who's built a "broad coalition" in her Nevada district, which includes most of Las Vegas.

Titus' endorsement is notable because she's the first sitting member of Congress from an early voting state (Nevada on Feb. 20 will become the third state to select a nominee, after Iowa and New Hampshire) to back a candidate in the Democratic primaries.

President Trump lost Nevada to Hillary Clinton in 2016, but it was a fairly close race that ended with the candidates just 2 percentage points apart. Tim O'Donnell

November 16, 2019

Things haven't been going smoothly for Sen. Kamala Harris' (D-Calif.) presidential campaign lately, but the Democratic hopeful is expected to receive a boost Saturday with an endorsement from the United Farm Workers, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

It's considered a major endorsement from a powerful California-based union established by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta (who personally endorsed Harris this year), and Gilbert Padilla. Home state ties were likely a factor for Harris in this instance, but a win is a win.

The union's executive board reportedly voted "overwhelmingly" to back the senator. UFW President Teresa Romero cited Harris' efforts to help farm workers secure overtime pay, as well as her time spent marching with the group during demonstrations, and advocating for immigrant rights as major reasons why they're throwing their weight behind her.

It's unclear if this will boost Harris' numbers even in California where she's lagging behind Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden. Things look even worse nationally for her, as South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has vaulted into fourth place. Besides faltering in the polls, the campaign is also dealing with some internal strife. Perhaps the most recent endorsement will brighten the mood. Read more at The San Francisco Chronicle. Tim O'Donnell

October 23, 2016

Donald Trump was endorsed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal in an editorial published Saturday night, his first serious newspaper endorsement of the general election. The bulk of the endorsement pitch turned on Supreme Court vacancies, arguing Hillary Clinton must not be permitted to fill those seats.

"Mr. Trump represents neither the danger his critics claim nor the magic elixir many of his supporters crave," the article says. "But he promises to be a source of disruption and discomfort to the privileged, back-scratching political elites for whom the nation's strength and solvency have become subservient to power's pursuit and preservation."

Trump was previously only endorsed for the general election by The National Enquirer, while most paper endorsements have gone to Clinton. Even Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson still easily outpaces Trump in newspaper support, with the backing of notable outlets like the Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, and more. Bonnie Kristian

March 11, 2016

The conservative magazine National Review endorsed Ted Cruz on Friday, although not without admitting the senator's flaws. "[Cruz] has sometimes made tactical errors, in our judgment; but conflicts have also arisen because his colleagues have lacked direction, clarity, and urgency. In any case, these conflicts pale into insignificance in light of Republicans' shared interest in winning in November and governing successfully thereafter," National Review writes.

Although the endorsement didn't directly name Trump, National Review goes on to say that Cruz is "Republicans' best chance for keeping their presidential nomination from going to someone with low character and worse principles."

National Review has long positioned itself as being staunchly anti-Trump, although Politico points out that their decision to back Cruz comes as a glaring blow to Marco Rubio. "Ted's the only one with a plausible path to stopping Trump, either by getting a majority himself or denying Trump a majority and finishing close behind and getting it to convention," editor Rich Lowry told Politico ahead of the endorsement.

The National Review goes on to say that, "We are well aware that a lot of Republicans, and even some conservatives, dislike the senator and even find him unlikable. So far, conservative voters seem to like him just fine... No politician is perfect, and Senator Cruz will find that our endorsement comes with friendly and ongoing criticism." Jeva Lange

March 1, 2016

Donald Trump has earned the respect of yet another controversial extremist.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan praised Trump while making anti-Semitic comments during his annual Saviours Day sermon from Chicago, the Anti-Defamation League reports. Farrakhan claimed that Trump is "the only member who has stood in front of the Jewish community and said, 'I don't want your money.' Any time a man can say to those who control the politics of America, 'I don't want your money,' that means you can't control me. And they cannot afford to give up control of the presidents of the United States."

Although it was not an outright endorsement, Farrakhan did say, "Not that I'm for Mr. Trump, but I like what I'm look­ing at."

Farrakhan has a history of spreading hateful rumors about Jews, such as by blaming them for the Iraq War and 9/11. He is only the latest extremist to throw his weight behind Donald Trump. Late last week, former KKK grand wizard David Duke praised Donald Trump; Trump later disavowed Duke's support after receiving scathing criticism for his waffling. Jeva Lange

February 26, 2016

John Kasich earned the endorsement of a New Jersey governor on Friday, although not the New Jersey governor — Chris Christie's endorsement just went to Donald Trump. Instead, the Kasich campaign announced in the aftermath of that bombshell that former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman would be supporting John Kasich for president.

While earning the endorsement of a state governor is of course a difficult and exciting thing, Kasich's announcement suffers from a tragic case of very, very bad timing. Jeva Lange

February 22, 2016

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination Monday, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

"As a mother, a grandmother, and a former public servant who had the privilege of serving with Hillary in the president's cabinet, I can think of nothing more important than ensuring our next president is someone who will protect and build upon the progress made by President Obama over the past eight years," the former governor of Kansas said.

In 2008, Sebelius endorsed Obama over Clinton. She resigned from her secretary post in 2014 after overseeing the implementation of Healthcare.gov.

Democrats in Kansas are set to caucus March 5. Julie Kliegman

February 21, 2016

Update 10:35 a.m.: Marco Rubio denied a possible endorsement Sunday in an interview on CNN's State of the Union. Our original post appears below.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) will reportedly endorse Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for president, two sources told The Huffington Post.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee may make the move before Tuesday's caucuses in Nevada. Rubio is the party's leading establishment candidate, but he has trailed Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in early primaries and caucuses. Julie Kliegman

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