Even in 'Red' States Obama Has Big Lead over McCain in Newspaper Endorsements

By Mitchell, Greg | Editor & Publisher, October 22, 2008 | Go to article overview

Even in 'Red' States Obama Has Big Lead over McCain in Newspaper Endorsements


Mitchell, Greg, Editor & Publisher


We have been chronicling, and updating daily, the national count of editorial endorsements for the two presidential candidates. With today's update pending, Barack Obama leads John McCain by 121-42. Obama, of course, is swamping McCain in support from papers in "blue" states. The big surprise is that he is also beating him in a landslide in "red" GOP states.

By our count, Obama leads 48 to 28 in states that went for Bush in 2004.

We had noted earlier that the two candidates split the top papers in bright red Texas.

Here is a breakdown of just the "Red" state endorsement vote. Check out our running list of all endorsements, updated continually, here.

RED STATES:

BARACK OBAMA

ALABAMA (1)Tuscaloosa News (K): 32,768

ARKANSAS (1)Arkansas Times (K): 34,000

COLORADO (8)Aspen Daily News (K): 12,500The Aurora Sentinel: 46,000Boulder Camera (K): 28,994Cortez Journal (K): 6,700The Denver Post (B): 225,193The Durango Herald (K): 8,870Gunnison Country Times (N/A): 4,000Ouray County Plaindealer (K): 3,000

FLORIDA (6)Daytona Beach News-Journal (K): 99,627Miami Herald (K): 240,223Naples Daily-News (B): 66,272Orlando Sentinel (K): 227,593The Palm Beach Post (K): 164,474Sarasota Herald-Tribune (K): 114,904

GEORGIA (1)Atlanta Journal-Constitution (K): 326,907

IDAHO (1)Idaho Statesman (K): 61,927

INDIANA (2)The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne) (K): 64,304Palladium-Item (Richmond) (B): 15,453

IOWA (3)The Hawk Eye (Burlington) (K): 18,921Mason City Globe Gazette (B): 17,666The Storm Lake Times (K): 3,200

KENTUCKY (1)Lexington Herald-Leader (K):109,624

MISSOURI (3)Columbia Daily Tribune (K): 18,131The Kansas City Star (K): 252,785St. Louis Post-Dispatch (K): 255,057

NEVADA (1)Las Vegas Sun (K): 174,341

NEW HAMPSHIRE (2)Concord Monitor (K): 19,885Nashua Telegraph (K): 24,272

NEW MEXICO (2)Las Cruces Sun-News (B): 21,341Santa Fe New Mexican (K): 25,249

NORTH CAROLINA (5)Asheville Citizen-Times (K): 50,160The Daily Reflector (Greenville) (K): 21,703Durham Herald-Sun: 32,845News & Observer (Raleigh) (K): 176,083Wilmington Star-News (K): 47,620

OHIO (9)Akron Beacon-Journal (K): 119,929The Blade (Toledo) (K): 119,901Dayton Daily News (K): 116,690Hamilton Journal-News (B): 19,432Middletown Journal: 17,285The Repository (Canton) (B): 65,789The Times-Reporter (New Philadelphia) (B): 22,428Springfield News-Sun (K): 24,684The Plain Dealer (Cleveland): 330,280

TENNESSEE (3)Chattanooga Times (K): 71,716The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) (K): 146,961The (Nashville) Tennessean (K): 161,131

TEXAS (4)Austin American-Statesman (B): 170,309The Eagle (Bryan-College Station): 21,654Houston Chronicle (B): 494,131The Lufkin Daily News (K): 12,225

UTAH (1)The Salt Lake Tribune (B): 121,699

VIRGINIA (1)Falls Church News-Press (K): 30,500

WEST VIRGINIA (2)The Charleston Gazette (K): 48,061Huntington Herald-Dispatch (K): 27,463

JOHN McCAIN

COLORADO (4)Mountain Valley News (Cedaredge): 2,000The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction) (B): 31,349The Pueblo Chieftain (B): 49,169Daily Times-Call (Longmont) (B): 21,127

FLORIDA (2)Bradenton Herald (K): 48,618Tampa Tribune: 220,522

IOWA (1)The Messenger (Fort Dodge): 16,355

NEW HAMPSHIRE (2)Foster's Daily Democrat (B): 22,547Union Leader (Manchester) (B): 51,782

NEW MEXICO (1)Roswell Daily Record: 11,700

NEVADA (1)Las Vegas Review-Journal (B): 174,341

NORTH DAKOTAFargo Forum (B): 48,303

OHIO (2)Columbus Dispatch (B): 199,524The (Findlay) Courier (B): 22,319

TENNESSEE (3)The Chattanooga Free Press (B): 71,716The Jackson Sun (K): 32,121The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville) (B): 20,354

TEXAS (8)Amarillo Globe-News (B): 44,764Beaumont Enterprise: 45,684Corpus Christi Caller-Times (K): 53,368Dallas Morning News (B): 368,313The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: 49,094San Antonio Express-News (B): 225,447Times Record News (Wichita Falls): 28,888Wharton Journal-Spectator: 5,000

VIRGINIA (2)Daily Press (Newport News) (K): 91,508The Winchester Star: 20,218

WEST VIRGINIA (1)Wheeling News-Register (B): 12,821

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