For the past few months, State Rep. and congressional candidate Steve Santarsiero has been winning the endorsements of the various local Democratic committee organizations.
Today, his campaign announced that ten such groups are now backing his candidacy, which are listed below:
Bensalem Democratic Organization
Bristol Township Democratic Committee
Concerned Democrats of Springfield Township
Doylestown Democratic Committee
Falls Township Democratic Party
Lower Makefield Township Democratic Committee
Middletown Democratic Party
Warrington Democrats Organization
“I started my political involvement as a Democratic committeeperson here in Bucks County,” said Santarsiero, “So it means a lot to me to have the support of these organizations for our campaign. I know that they are the backbone of our party and I’m looking forward to working together to win in 2016.”
“Santarsiero has strong support in almost every township where Naughton beat Strouse in the 2014 primary, and he is on track to lock up the votes necessary to win the county endorsement months before the endorsement meeting takes place,” his campaign asserts.
We can actually test that claim.
The Santarsiero campaign actually released a map covering all the areas in the district where they’ve received endorsements (the 8th district consists of Bucks County and parts of upper Montco):
Here is a map we made of the Strouse-Naughton primary:
As you can see, there is some overlap between the two, especially in Lower Makefield (where Santarsiero’s legislative district is located) and Doylestown. Still, a lot of Naughton’s mid-county support remains.
Santarsiero’s map actually looks more favorable when you compare it to the 2012 presidential results:
Santarsiero has most of the support in heavily Democratic lower Bucks as well as Doylestown.
Of course, committee endorsements don’t guarantee success although they certainly don’t hurt.