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This is only the second Democrat the Courant has endorsed in its 244 year history.
The endorsement, to be printed in Sunday's newspaper and released on courant.com at 5 p.m. Saturday, cites Obama's leadership qualities, his can-do message and his calm temperament.This is the 29th switch from Republican to Democrat on our Newspaper Endorsement List.
The Courant, the nation's oldest continuously published newspaper, endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination in this year's presidential primaries. Bill Clinton is the only Democrat whom the The Courant had previously endorsed for president, in 1992 and 1996, but the editorial board later called for Clinton's resignation after the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
The Courant writes that it has long admired the Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, for his great character and his ability to fashion bipartisan coalitions on difficult issues.
Obama leads endorsements 128-46.