Mourdock to Receive Endorsements from Over 75% of Republican County Chairs
February 15, 2011 8 Comments
The Howey Political Report has it that Richard Mourdock’s Senate campaign says they will have endorsements from at least 75% of Republican County Chairs at their announcement on February 22nd. That would mean at least 61 Republican County Chairmen plan to endorse Mourdock.
We would be a little surprised if Mourdock was able to get that many signed on. Typically, you just do not see a willingness within that group of people to publicly endorse a challenger to an incumbent. Private support is a completely different matter and we could see Mourdock having a good amount of support. He has building those relationships for years and has probably attended more Lincoln Day Dinners than anyone can count.
As Howey noted,
“Chair endorsements do not always provide a reliable indicator of a race. In 1996, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rex early had about two-thirds of the party chairs backing his campaign, but he lost the primary to Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. “
We tend to agree. While this would show a large amount of support among the rank and file Republicans, we simply cannot fathom Mourdock will have the financial support to run the kind of campaign it would take to unseat the incumbent Senator.