Candidates' chances in state or Federal elections can be greatly enhanced these days if they receive an endorsement from an influential person or organization. As a result, many conservative hopefuls vie for support from the National Rifle Association (NRA) or its local affiliates (RAs).
In Illinois, the state's Political Victory Fund (ISRA-PVF) and the ISRA Fed PAC have revealed that they are throwing their support behind Bill Brady and Jason Plummer for Governor and Lt. Governor, respectively, due to Brady's long-standing support of hunters, sportsmen and lawful firearm owners.
"We are certain that, as Governor, Bill Brady will spearhead efforts to restore Illinois' outdoor sporting heritage and protect law-abiding firearm owners from extremist efforts to infringe upon their constitutional rights," the two organizations said in a statement.
Using the same criteria, ISRA-PVF has also endorsed Steve Kim for Attorney General and Robert Enriquez for Secretary of State.
Besides gun rights groups, popular politicians such as Sarah Palin are also in demand when it comes to issuing endorsements. Palin recently joined the Tea Party Express to campaign for Republican candidates in California, and last week she announced her formal support of Sharron Angle who is running for U.S. Senate in Nevada.