ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – As dramatic a move as the Fannie Lou Hamer Democratic Coalition of St. Louis County choosing to put their full support behind Republican St. Louis County Executive candidate Rick Stream, University of Missouri – St. Louis political science professor Dave Robertson says it isn’t likely to ruin Democrat Steve Stenger’s campaign.

“This part of the county was a part that had not supported him strongly, at all, in the primary election,” Robertson says. “His strong areas of support probably will continue to stay with him. I don’t see any reason for them to change at this point.”

Robertson says the move is not surprising, though, because a majority of the coalition supported Charlie Dooley in the primary.

A few North County voters may be swayed to vote for Stream, he says, but many in that area are devout democrats.

Robertson says Stenger probably won’t have to change his campaign much as a result of the coalition’s announcement, other than to continue to reach out to North County voters to try to make sure people understand his connection and willingness to represent voters.

“A lot of politics is local, and a lot of local politics is kind of personal,” he says.

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