Karl Racine

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District voters are a little closer to knowing Karl Racine from a hole in the ground. The Washington Post editorial board endorsed Racine last night, a nod that could help swing the little-watched race in his favor.

In its endorsement, the editorial board calls Racine “uniquely qualified” to be the District’s attorney general, a position that the board originally opposed making an elected one. Attorney general hopefuls Lorie Masters and Paul Zukerberg get positive notes in the Post‘s Racine endorsement as well, while opponents Edward “Smitty” Smith and Lateefah Williams are barely mentioned.

Political strategist Chuck Thies, who managed Mayor Vince Gray‘s re-election campaign, claimed during the mayoral primary that the Post endorsement amounts to a “kiss of death.” (Apparently not, since Post-endorsed candidate Muriel Bowser won). But in the attorney general race, Thies says the endorsement could swing the kind of engaged voters who read Post editorials but haven’t followed the race closely enough to pick a candidate yet.

“He’s got the Good Housekeeping seal of approval that he can affix to his mail now,” Thies says.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery