Brewer quoted in BDN article on early endorsements in Maine governor race

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article that examines how early endorsements could affect the race to replace Maine Gov. Paul LePage. Endorsements announced more than a year before the election could have an impact for candidates trying to gain traction in parts of the state where voters are less familiar with them — particularly when it comes to raising campaign funds — or for simply boxing out would-be primary opponents, the article states. According to Brewer, endorsements matter much more now than they will after next June’s primary. “Endorsements matter only to a small number of voters, but they definitely matter to donors,” he said.