Perhaps the surprising* results in New York’s 9th district should dissuade us from believing in the power of endorsements and surrogates (if we ever did).
Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo posted a 75 percent approval rating in the district, and he recorded a robocall for the Democratic candidate, David Weprin. His endorsement was prominent in Weprin’s mailer; in fact, considering the size of Cuomo’s smiling mug, it’s easy to forget which one is the candidate:
And Weprin received 47 percent, a mere 28 percentage points behind the most prominent New York Democrat.
* As of about a week or so ago, the result isn’t actually that surprising.