Do Tucson newspaper endorsements matter?by Carolyn Classen on Oct. 15, 2010, under Life, Politics
I’m in suspense. Whom will the Arizona Daily Star endorse for Governor and the #2 seat, Secretary of State? So far they have endorsed (with early voting starting on October 7, for the November 2 General Election):
Gary Pierce (R) and Brenda Burns (R) for Arizona Corporation Commission (2 seats open) on October 13: http://azstarnet.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_1c98e870-14c6-5795-9287-070dd6fa1cf2.html
Penny Kotterman (D) for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction on October 12:
Felecia Rotellini (D) for Arizona Attorney General on October 8:
Doug Ducey (R) for Arizona Treasurer on October 7:
The Tucson Weekly (October 7 issue) has endorsed Democrats in almost all offices, except for “No Recommendation” in the U.S. Senate race, and none (oversight?) in LD 29 (currently represented by Democrats State Senator Linda Lopez, Rep. Matt Heinz & Daniel Patterson, all running for re-election, but there is a House seat challenger).
Click here, or views pages 18-21 of the October 7, 2010 issue of The Tucson Weekly. They did issue a disclaimer of sorts — “We decided not to make endorsements in some races, either because the result is not really in question, or we didn’t feel we had enough information to make a recommendation.”
We “citizen journalists” at the Tucsoncitizen.com may or may not endorse candidates, so you could check with the respective bloggers & Editor covering Politics & Government. Progressive & popular blogger “3 Sonorans” (David Morales) has already issued his Voter Guide to the candidates & propositions (click here.)
I’m not so sure whether voters follow endorsements of newspaper editorial boards, especially in Arizona where there are so many “Other/Independent” voters. But refer back to this blog once the General Election on November 2nd is over, to see whether these endorsements were influential enough to affect the final tallies.
And I’ll post updates if/when the daily Arizona Daily Star endorses for the two top highest seats in the State of Arizona.
UPDATE: On October 24 the Arizona Daily Star endorsed Terry Goddard and Ken Bennett, in answer to my question on top: