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Do Endorsements Help or Hurt Va. Governor Candidates?

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RICHMOND - Popular reality TV family, the Duggars, from "19 Kids and Counting" are in Richmond supporting Ken Cuccinelli for Governor.

The family stopped at the Capitol as part of a three-day bus tour through Virginia to support the gubernatorial candidate.

Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is also getting big time support. Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coming to Falls Church Saturday to endorse McAuliffe.

With the election just weeks away, will the support help or even hurt the candidates?

"Celebrities or major political figures coming to speak on behalf of a candidate doesn't have too much effect on the polls necessarily," says political analyst Richard Meagher. "What they do is kind of show the credibility of a candidate."

And for Terry McAuliffe, former DNC chair and friend of the Clintons, Meagher says Hillary's visit is a good sign for his campaign as it could help continue to attract donors and volunteers.

"It means that the National Democratic Party, national figures, see him as being close to the finish line, see him as being successful."

But Meagher says Ken Cuccinelli can't count on national figures helping at all. While the appearance of the Duggar family could motivate Cuccinelli's base, that's not where he needs to find voters.

"They're not someone that helps Cuccinelli tell the story of, ‘I'm a moderate, I'm someone everyone in Virginia can support.'"



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