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SUNDAY ENDORSEMENTS: Houston and Austin Papers-Former Bush Backers-Endorse Obama, as Columbus and San Diego Pick McCain

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SUNDAY ENDORSEMENTS: Houston and Austin Papers-Former Bush Backers-Endorse Obama, as Columbus and San Diego Pick McCain

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As chronicled by E&P in recent days, a, overwhelming trend from big city newspapers in editorial endorsements has favored Barack Obama with several papers that backed George W. Bush in 2004 switching over to the Democrat this year. But few expected that would happen deep in the heart of Texas.

Now it has, with the Houston Chronicle and Austin American Statesman coming out for Obama today. But John McCain picked up one key endorsement today, gaining the Columbus Dispatch in swing state Ohio, as well as another reliably GOP paper, the San Diego Union Tribune.

The Austin and Houston moves, however, bring to at least 24 the number of papers that have made the switch. The Dallas Morning News and San Antonio Express-News did stick with the GOP candidate but he has lost papers all over the country, from the Chicago Tribune to the San Bernardino Sun, Denver Post, Asbury Park Press and New York Daily News.

Only one paper that we know of have switched from Kerry to McCain.

That is the Daily Press of Newport News, Va. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, which sat out the 2004 campaign, came out for Obama today.

Other switches from Bush to Obama include the New Haven (CT) Register, The San Gabriel Valley (Ca.) Tribune, The Times- Reporter in New Philadelphia (Ohio), The Stockton (Ca.) Record, Pasadena (Ca.) Star-News, Naples (Fla.) Daily-News, and Canton (Ohio) Repository, among many others.

In our complete daily tally, Obama now leads McCain by 105-33.

Other major papers for Kerry in 2004 just came out for Obama, including the News & Observer in Raleigh and the Orlando Sentinel and Palm Beach Post, all in key swing states, and the Buffalo News and Los Angeles Daily News. See our complete endorsement tally elsewhere on our site and several other stories.

Some of the other Sunday endorsements in no particular order:

For McCain: Las Vegas Review, Bakersfield (Ca.) Californian, The Daily Press of Hampton Roads, Va., several papers in Texas (Lubbock, Corpus Christi, Wichita Falls).

For Obama: Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, Idaho Statesman, Las Vegas Sun, Akron (Ohio) Beacon-Journal, Rockford (Ill.) Register, Nashua (NH) Telegraph, Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard, Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald.

Check out our running list, updated Sundayhere.

Here are excerpts from the Houston, Austin and Columbus editorials.*HOUSTON CHRONICLE

After carefully observing the Democratic and Republican nominees in drawn-out primary struggles as well as in the general campaign, including three debates, the Chronicle strongly believes that the ticket of Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden offers the best choice to lead the United States on a new course into the second decade of the 21st century.

Obama appears to possess the tools to confront our myriad and daunting problems. He's thoughtful and analytical. He has met his opponents' attacks with calm and reasoned responses. Viewers of the debates saw a poised, well-prepared plausible president with well-articulated positions on the bread-and-butter issues that poll after poll indicate are the true concerns of voters. While Arizona Sen. John McCain and his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have struck an increasingly personal and negative tone in their speeches, Obama has continued to talk about issues of substance.

It is true that Obama has served less than a term in the U.S. Senate and that his previous elective experience is confined to the Illinois Legislature. However, during that public service and his previous role as a community organizer on the streets of Chicago, he has developed an appreciation and understanding of the real-life concerns of middle- and low-income Americans.

On the Iraq war, Obama was an early voice of opposition to the initial invasion and his plan for a phased withdrawal of combat forces has been embraced by American and Iraqi policymakers. …

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