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Judge Restores 18 Names to West Virginia Ballot


This week on Viewpoint, a federal judge has ensured that 18 third-party candidates’ names will appear before voters on November’s general election ballot. Over the course of a week, those names were included, eliminated and then restored to the ballots because of two consecutive court rulings. 

Chris Christie, the Fraternal Order of Police, and Kid Rock have thrown their weight behind Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race. The Obamas, the AFL-CIO, and Meryl Streep, they’re going with Hillary.

But as a voter, does who these politicians, unions, or celebrities say they’re backing matter when you head to the polls?

We turn to two members of the academic world for the answer– David Jackson, a political science professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Sean Kelly, a political science professor at California State University Channel Islands.