UPDATED WEEKEND ENDORSEMENTS: A Landslide for Obama -- More GOP-Leaning Papers Make Switch

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UPDATED WEEKEND ENDORSEMENTS: A Landslide for Obama -- More GOP-Leaning Papers Make Switch


Mitchell, Greg, Editor & Publisher


The Obama lead in editorial endorsements this year turned into a landslide, even a rout today, as dozens of additiional papers backed him, compared to the relative handful for McCain.

Two more major papers that had backed Bush in 2004--the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Providence Journal--came out for Obama, joining at least 35 others who had done the same thing already.

In another embarrassment for McCain, the Indianapolis Star, which also supported Bush in 2004, revealed that it would not endorse this year.

At least two other Bush 2004 papers, the Ann Arbor (Mich.) News and the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star, took the same route.

Another paper just now backing Obama: The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, which made no endorsement in 2004. He also earned the nod from the Financial Times and the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.

Obama still leads by almost 3-1 in all editorial endorsements. Updated with the latest from today his lead stands at 180 to 75.

Due to the volume of endorsements this weekend, E&P will not be updating its ongoing complete tally of editorial endorsements for president, which has proven so popular, until Monday. But in this space we will be highlighting and listing some of the picks that arrived this weekend (some posted online Friday). So return often for updates.

Check out our running list, updated Friday, here. It will be fully updated Monday.

Perhaps most tellingly, the Democrat has now gained at least 35 papers that endorsed George Bush in 2004. That year, Bush and Kerry split the 418 endorsements almost straight down the middle.

In a pointed move late Saturday, Alaska's biggest paper, the Anchorage Daily News, endorsed Obama (see separate story). The Minneapolis Star Tribune endorsed Obama online late Saturday (while also backing the Republican incumbent for U.S. Senate, Norm Coleman, over Al Franken). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also threw its weight to Obama, as did the Des Moines Register and the Bergen Record in New Jersey.

The Hartford Courant endorsed Obama this weekend, making it the newspaper's second endorsement of a Democratic presidential candidate in its 244-year history.

The St. Petersburg Times in key swing state Florida also endorsed Obama in an online posting (see excerpt below). So did the Charlotte Observer in another key state, North Carolina. Both of those papers went for Kerry in 2004. Ditto for another new Obama backer, the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The Baltimore Sun joined its Tribune brothers and sisters in backing Obama, calling (like so many others before it) Sarah Palin utterly unqualified for higher office. The Star Tribune also highlighted that problem: "Sen. John McCain distinguished himself as an American hero who served his country with honor, but he made a grievous error in his choice of running mate, the newspaper said. …

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