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Opinion: Why I don’t think endorsements matter

One person’s endorsement shouldn’t dictate who you vote for in the upcoming midterms

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Michael Steele, former chairman of the National Republican Committee, points toward United States Senate candidate Evan McMullin at a rally of supporters in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. McMullin was also joined by Ben McAdams, a former U.S. representative.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

I read the Opinion article in the Deseret News with great interest: “Are endorsements helping Mike Lee or Evan McMullin — or nobody?” 

An endorsement is defined as a person giving public approval to someone or something. In other words, an endorsement is only the private opinion of one person or entity. I personally don’t think that endorsements carry much weight. They are even worse than a straw poll. At least a straw poll attempts to measure group consensus — a simple endorsement does not. I cannot envision Mike Lee or Evan McMullin benefiting in any significant way from an endorsement — by anyone. Each voter’s own preference is the only thing that counts at the ballot box.

James A. Marples