goes for Obama. The Santa Fe (N.M.) and Asheville (N.C.) papers also went for Obama. This chart on endorsements from the top 100 papers finds a virtual tie so far--but Obama far ahead in circ of the papers, 2.8 million to 2.2 million.
I've been charting prez endorsements for years, and yesterday noted three big ones for Obama out of Denver, Tampa and, yes, Salt Lake City. Now, in key swing state, more from the Plain Dealer in Cleveland. On the other hand: The Columbus Dispatch, usually reliably GOP, has just backed Romney. See excerpts below.
In other endorsements: The Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ backs Obama today. But the Tampa Tribune picks Romney, balancing the recent choice of the Tampa Bay Times for Obama. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram backs Romney. So does in Texas the Houston Chronicle. Surprisingly, both of those papers backed Obama in 2008. Doesn't matter much in solid red Texas, but still intriguing.
The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. chooses Romney.
The Plain Dealer: "He has led the nation back from the brink of depression. Ohio in
particular has benefited from his bold decision to revive the domestic
auto industry. Because of his determination to fulfill a decades-old
dream of Democrats, 30 million more Americans will soon have health
insurance. His Race to the Top initiative seeded many of the education
reforms embodied in Cleveland's Transformation Plan. He ended the war in
Iraq and refocused the battle to disrupt al-Qaida and its terrorist
allies. He ordered the risky attack inside Pakistan that killed Osama
The Dispatch: "As a career businessman and former governor, Romney brings a wealth of
executive experience in the private sector and the public sector that
dwarfs that of Obama. From working both sides of the
government/private-sector equation, he understands how that relationship
can aid or impede prosperity. His election would be an immediate signal
to the private sector that someone who knows what he is doing is
managing the nation’s economic policy. The effect on business confidence
would be dramatic and immediate, and business confidence is the vital
ingredient needed to spur investment and hiring, the two things that the
United States so desperately needs."