Sarah Holder is a staff writer at CityLab covering local policy, housing, labor, and technology.
Mayoral endorsements have always played a role in presidential elections. But this year, the support of city leaders has been particularly prominent.
Who is your big-city mayor supporting for president in the 2020 election? CityLab is tracking endorsements from leaders of the largest 100 U.S. cities in the chart below.
Mayoral endorsements have always been a component of presidential candidates’ ground game, helping to increase turnout and get voters to the polls. But this year, the support of city leaders has been particularly prominent, says Amy Liu, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.
“I have not seen as many mayors come out during the primary season [in the past], and I do wonder if part of it is because there are a number of mayors that are running for president or have had aspirations to run for president,” she told CityLab last month.
Now that former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg and former New York City Mike Bloomberg have withdrawn from the race, the remaining former mayor is Bernie Sanders. As more candidates drop out and draw new alliances—Amy Klobuchar, Buttigieg, and Bloomberg are endorsing Joe Biden after ending their bids—mayors’ allegiances may shift, too.
Most recently, Raleigh mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, an erstwhile Bloomberg supporter, decided to switch her loyalty to Biden. “He can bring people together, has the endorsements of all the major candidates, and understands the world order,” she said in a text message to CityLab.
We’ll keep the below tracker updated as the race continues.
Read our earlier in-depth coverage on why mayors may support particular candidates here.
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