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“I don’t know how significant it will be,” Mr. Wilds said before referring to the unsuccessful candidates in Wards 7 and 8. “Didn’t they endorse Tom Brown? Did that bring victory? Didn’t they endorse Jacque Patterson? Did that bring victory?”

Mr. McDuffie said the endorsement’s impact depends on the voter, but there are many “blue-collar” retirees in the ward who used to work for the federal government.

“When they see certain labor unions,” he said, “they recognize them.”