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Nobody knows if newspaper endorsements actually make a difference with voters. You can find arguments going both ways.
DemConWatch will be tracking the endorsements for each candidate up until election day. We will link to the endorsement story whenever possible.
As of 11/2, among the top 100 papers, Obama has been endorsed by papers with a circulation of 16.5 Million, McCain by papers with a circulation of 4.8 Million, and papers with a circulation of 3.2 Million have announced they will not be endorsing a candidate.
We have also list the top 100 newspapers by circulation who have not yet endorsed a candidate. (Rankings of newspapers which have endorsed in parenthesis.)
When we're able to we will add a (D) for papers that endorsed Kerry in 2004, an (R) for papers that endorsed Bush and an (N) for papers that did not endorse. If you know who a paper endorsed in 2004 please add it to the comments.
Feel free to let us know about any endorsements we don't list.
We will add any interesting articles we find regarding each endorsement as an asterisk.
And as always... you can comment on the lists and your feelings on who endorses whom.
And don't forget to check out our Senate Endorsement list.
Papers that have not yet endorsed a candidate:
- Wall Street Journal (2) (N)
- Orange County Register (29)
- Virginian-Pilot (58) (D)
- Investor's Business Daily (65) (R)
- Wichita Eagle (R)
- Baton Rouge Advocate (R)
Papers that have announced they will not endorse a candidate:
- USA Today (1) (N)
- Indianapolis Star (26) (R)
- Rocky Mountain News (35) (R)
- St. Paul Pioneer Press (48) (R)
- Florida Times-Union (71) (R)
- Morning Call (94) (D)
- Myrtle Beach Sun News (D)
- Ft Myers News Press
- Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star (R)
- Huntsville Times (R)
- Kalamazoo Opinion
- Oshkosh Northwestern