I see where the Boston Globe and the New York Times endorsed John Kasich, and last week the Des Moines Register endorsed Marco Rubio. Newspaper endorsements are very important, according to newspaper publishers and editors. Nate Silver and other observers will weigh in on how these editorials helped boost Kasich and Rubio in the primaries.
We already know how powerful the Des Moines Register is.
On July 21, 2015, the Des Moines Register published an editorial, "Trump should pull the plug on his bloviating side show," which called for Trump to quit the presidential race:
In just five weeks, he has polluted the political waters to such an extent that serious candidates who actually have the credentials to serve as president can't get their message across to voters. In fact, some of them can't even win a spot in one of the upcoming debates, since those slots are reserved for candidates leading in the polls.
Last week, just before he decided to go after McCain, Trump was at the top of at least one national poll. But being electable is not the same as being qualified, and Trump has proven himself not only unfit to hold office, but unfit to stand on the same stage as his Republican opponents.
The best way Donald Trump can serve his country is by apologizing to McCain and terminating this ill-conceived campaign.At the time, the Real Clear Politics Poll Average had the Iowa race at Walker at 18.8, Bush at 9.0, Paul 8.5, Trump 8.5, Carson 8.3.
Two weeks later, Trump had more than doubled his share of the vote and stood atop the field at 20.3, followed by Walker at 18.7, Bush 9.7, Carson 8.0.
Now should Rubio do well, supporters of the Des Moines Register will boast about how they helped him. And the newspaper will have helped him among the people who like its editorial stances.
But the newspaper did a far greater service to Mister Trump by calling for him to abandon his campaign. The move from 8.5 points to 20.3 in just two weeks was amazing. It reflects a staunch group of people who disagree with their "state newspaper."
If he wins the caucus, Trump should send the newspaper editorial board a bouquet of roses.