DemDaily: The Endorsement Race: Elected, Labor, Orgs & Celebs!

April 5, 2016
In the presidential race for endorsements, the early support of party leaders and elected officials have historically been a major predictor of a party's nominee.
The influence of Governors, US Senators and Members of Congress with their colleagues and their voting constituents carries great weight in assessing the political landscape.
Likewise, the organizational strength, funding and voting power that labor unions and nationals organizations bring to the table, have a measurable impact on a candidate's success in any given state.
While celebrities have no quantitative affect on the outcome of a race, they make the game a little more fun to watch. In the celebrity column, 2016's final five seem to have garnered an eclectic set of endorsements that reflect their campaign personalities and political connections.
The 2016 Endorsement Count
According to *FiveThirtyEight, 386 of approximately 585 key elected office holders have endorsed.  Their scale for weighting the influence: 10 points for Govs, 5 points for Senators and 1 point for Reps.
Elected Official: Govs, Senators, Reps
*Total Points
  National Orgs & Labor Celebrities
TED CRUZ Governors (5), Senators (2),
Representatives (30)
Catholic Vote, Club for Growth, Gun
Owners of America, Nat'l Org for Marriage, Nat'l Fed of Republican Assemblies,
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund
Chuck Norris, Glenn Beck, Jack Welch, James Woods
DONALD TRUMP Governors (3),
Senators (1),
Representatives (7)
42 National Border Patrol Council
Ann Coulter, Brian France NASCAR, Carl Icahn, Gary Busey, Hulk Hogan, Jon Voight, Sarah Palin, Steve Forbes, Steve Wynn, Tom Brady, Willie Robertson
JOHN KASICH Governors (2),
Senators (2),
Representatives (7)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charles Barkley,Christine Todd Whitman, Tim Allen, Urban Meyer
HILLARY CLINTON Governors (13),
Senators (40),
Representatives (159)
489 Labor: AFSCME, AFGE, AFT, IATSE, Ironworkers, ILA, IUOE, Painters, Bricklayers, Laborers, NEA, NTEU, N.Am Building Trades, OPEIU, OPCIMIA, SEIU, Seafarers, Carpenters, Farm Workers, Plumbers & Pipefitters, Roofers and UFCW.

Orgs: Congressional Black Caucus, ANA, Brady Campaign, EMILY'sList, LCV, LPAC, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, USWomen's
Chamber Commerce

George Clooney, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Lena Dunham, Kerry Washington, Ja Rule, Robert De Niro, Kim Kardashian, Magic Johnson, Pharrell, Salma Hayek, Steven Speilberg, Tim Gunn, Howard Stern
BERNIE SANDERS Governors (0),
Senators (0),
Representatives (7)

Orgs:,Democracy for America, Working Families Party, National Nurses United, Friends of the Earth, Progressive Democrats of America

Susan Sarandon, Spike Lee, Will Farrell, Willie Nelson, Bill Mahrer, Daniel Craig, Shepard Fairey, Mark Ruffalo, Kareen Abdul Jabbar, Neil Young, John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jeremy Piven, Killer Mike, Kal Penn, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Endorsement lists are not complete. Sources: P2016, AMNewYorkTheConstitutionCenter
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