Do Political Endorsements Matter?

Amara Enyia and Chance
Amara Enyia speaks during a press conference in which Chicago-born, Grammy-award winning artist Chance the Rapper (left) endorses her for Chicago mayor. Manuel Martinez/WBEZ
Amara Enyia and Chance
Amara Enyia speaks during a press conference in which Chicago-born, Grammy-award winning artist Chance the Rapper (left) endorses her for Chicago mayor. Manuel Martinez/WBEZ

Do Political Endorsements Matter?

Politicians love racking up endorsements. From newspapers to celebrities and fellow politicians, endorsements are like a stamp of approval that says, “I’m voting for this candidate, and you should too.”

Chance the Rapper on Tuesday endorsed mayoral candidate Amara Enyia. But do endorsements really matter? How much weight do you give a political endorsement from your favorite TV star, singer or even former president?

With the midterm elections less than a month away, the Morning Shift examines political endorsements with Chicago Sun-Times columnist and ABC7 political analyst Laura Washington.

GUEST: Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times columnist and ABC7 political analyst

LEARN MORE: Chance the Rapper endorses Amara Enyia to be Chicago’s next mayor (Chicago Sun-Times 10/16/18)

Do Political Endorsements Have Real Impact? (NPR 2/28/16)