Local power brokers always ahead in the primaries
Life in caucusland: multiple mentions of hometown folks in national political articles...
"..the backing of a respected local person can be more effective than any ad. Endorsements don't guarantee victories — but they can give a candidate credibility. They are especially powerful when the person making the endorsement has sway with a network of potential voters.
Like, say, Sarah Swisher..."
And here's another one:
Joe Bolkcom, a state senator in Iowa, where Democrats will cast the first votes in January, said, “I want to win. Dean’s electability will be a significant part of my decision” on supporting him