Sunday, October 24, 2004

Kerry Leads in Newspaper Endorsements: Many Go From Bush to Kerry

While the race is still close in the polls, John Kerry is taking a big lead in newspaper endorsements, including the endorsements of many newspapers which endorsed George Bush in 2000. Editor & Publisher reports that 17 newspapers which endorsed Bush in 2000 have endorsed Kerry, while only two papers which endorsed Gore in 2000 have endorsed Bush. The Orlando Sentinel's switch from Bush to Kerry gives Kerry a sweep of the major papers in hotly contested Florida. Other papers which switched from Gore to Kerry include the Chicago Sun Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the Wausau (Wisc.) Daily Herald, and the Bangor (Maine) Daily News, the Muskegon (Michigan) Chronicle, the (Boulder) Daily Camera, the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune, the Albuquerque Tribune, the Oregonian, and the Seattle Times.

Kerry has also picked up additional endorsements from newspapers in swing states, including the Detroit Free Press, the Des Moines Register, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the (Racine Wisconsin) Journal Times, the St. Petersburg Times, the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Palm Beach Post, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Florida Today, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Kansas City (Missouri) Star, the Nevada Appeal, the Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor, the Charlotte Observer, the Dayton Daily News, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Charleston Gazette.

Several of the papers which endorsed Bush did so with criticism of his record. Perhaps Bush's most signifcant endorsement this week came from the Columbus Dispatch which wrote that it was "less than enthused about the choices." Several other newspapers which endorsed Bush in 2000 decided not to endorse any candidate, such as the Detroit News which has never endorsed a Democratic candidate for President. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's editorial board decided to endorse Kerry this week, but the publisher over road them and ordered an endorsement of Bush. Due to this dispute, the endorsement scheduled for today has reportedly been delayed.

Kerry now leads Bush 70-58 in endorsements. The circulation of the newspapers backing Kerry beat those endorsing Bush by 11.9 million to 7.1 million.

Addendum: Within the first hour after posting this, several new endorsements came in for John Kerry, including several in battleground states. Considering the rate at which endorsements are being reported, it appears to be best to wait a little longer before attempting a new count.


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