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Presidential Race - Editorial Endorsements
Campaign 2004
Updated: 1 Nov 2004
As we head towards the homestretch of this Presidential race, I've begun tabulating editorial endorsements. Media outlets that have switched sides (endorsed a different party this year) are indicated in bold; 34 have switched from Republican to Democrat and four have switched from Democrat to Republican. This is an evolving page.

President Bush
  1. Alabama
    1. Birmingham News (153,195)
    2. The Gadsden Times (22,753)
    3. Huntsville Times (55,951)
    4. Mobile Register (100,244)
    5. Times Daily (Florence, 30,796)
  2. Arizona - The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, 466,926)
  3. Arkansas
    1. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, 187,601)
    2. Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, 37,636)
  4. California
    1. The Bakersfield Californian (71,495)
    2. Chico Enterprise-Record (3,354)
    3. The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, 58,527)
    4. Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (65,202)
    5. Pasadena Star-News (35,181)
    6. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, 191,802)
    7. Press-Telegram (Long Beach, 96,466)
    8. The Record (Stockton, 62,139)
    9. The Reporter (Vacaville, 18,227)
    10. San Bernardino Sun (73,323
    11. The San Diego Union-Tribune (361,317)
    12. San Gabriel Valley Tribune (48,920)
    13. Tri-Valley Herald (Pleasanton) (B): 43,652)
    14. Whittier Daily News (17,330)
  5. Colorado
    1. Daily Record (Canon City, 8,164)
    2. The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction): 29,975)
    3. Daily Times-Call (Longmont, 21,465)
    4. The Denver Post (286,197)
    5. Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald (17,548)
    6. The Pueblo Chieftain (52,208)
    7. Rocky Mountain News (Denver, 286,004)
  6. Connecticut
    1. Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, 76,133)
    2. The Hartford Courant (187,394)
    3. New Haven Register (92,022)
    4. The Register Citizen (Torrington, 8,245)
  7. District of Columbia - The Washington Times (100,228)
  8. Florida
    1. The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, 230,094)
    2. The Ledger (Lakeland, 75,539)
    3. Ocala Star-Banner (51,489 )
  9. Georgia
    1. The Albany Herald (26,179)
    2. Athens Banner-Herald (30,563)
    3. Augusta Chronicle (71,724)
    4. Savannah Morning News (57,288)
  10. Idaho
    1. Coeur d'Alene Press (16,303)
    2. Sun Journal (Lewiston, na)
    3. The Times-News (Twin Falls, 23,012)
  11. Illinois
    1. Chicago Tribune (578,843)
    2. Herald & Review (Decatur, 35,233)
    3. The Journal-Standard (Freeport, 13,693)
    4. Journal Star (Peoria, 77,690)
    5. The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, 39,190)
    6. The Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, 37,452)
    7. The Pantagraph (Bloomington, 47,931)
    8. Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, 28,173)
    9. Springfield State Journal-Register (57,212)
  12. Indiana
    1. Evansville Courier & Press (69,003)
    2. The Indianapolis Star (253,778)
    3. Palladium-Item (Richmond, 18,241)
  13. Iowa
    1. The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, 63,578)
    2. Globe Gazette (Mason City, 18,947)
    3. Sioux City Journal (41,929)
  14. Kansas The Wichita Eagle (90,835)
  15. Kentucky
    1. The Daily Independent (Ashland, 19,600)
    2. Daily News (Bowling Green, 21,555)
    3. Glasgow Daily Times (9,836)
    4. The Ledger Independent (Maysville, 8,755)
  16. Louisiana
    1. Advertiser (Lafayette, 46,361 )
    2. Alexandria Daily Town Talk (36,321)
  17. Maine - Sun-Journal (Lewiston, 34,278)
  18. Maryland - Easton Star Democrat (16,667)
  19. Massachusetts
    1. Boston Herald (248,988)
    2. Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, 53,014)
    3. The Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, 51,940)
    4. Sentinel & Enterprise (17,310)
    5. The Sun (Lowell, 50,369)
  20. Michigan
    1. The Ann Arbor News (65,708)
    2. The Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton, 10,101)
    3. The Daily News (Greenville, 9,220)
    4. Daily News (Ludington, 8,492)
    5. The Daily Press (Escanaba, 9,934)
    6. Daily Telegram (Adrian, 15,374)
    7. The Grand Rapids Press (139,216)
    8. The Herald Palladium (St. Joseph, 23,423)
    9. Jackson Citizen Patriot: 34,313 )
    10. Kalamazoo Gazette (B): 74,144)
    11. The Macomb Daily (Mount Clemens, 43,584)
    12. Midland Daily News (16,076)
    13. Niles Daily Star (2,361)
    14. Oakland Press (Pontiac, 65,484)
    15. Sturgis Journal (6,160)
  21. Minnesota
    1. The Pioneer (Bemidji, 9,691)
    2. Saint Paul Pioneer Press (189,458)
    3. Mississippi - The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, 110,981)
    4. Missouri
      1. Hannibal Courier-Post (8,592)
      2. The Joplin Globe (37,074)
      3. The Lebanon Daily Record (4,479)
    5. Nebraska
      1. Lincoln Journal Star (75,679)
      2. McCook Daily Gazette (6,339
      3. Omaha World-Herald (197,627)
    6. Nevada
      1. Elko Daily Free Press (7,386)
      2. Las Vegas Review-Journal (170,061)
    7. New Hampshire
      1. Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, 22,995)
      2. The Union Leader (Manchester, 59,605)
    8. New Jersey
      1. Asbury Park Press (Neptune, 161,937)
      2. The Trentonian (42,512)
    9. New Mexico
      1. Albuquerque Journal (153,637)
      2. Carlsbad Current-Argus (8,030)
      3. Farmington Daily Times (18,144)
      4. Las Cruces Sun-News (22,168)
    10. New York
      1. New York Daily News (802,103)
      2. New York Post (678,012)
      3. The New York Sun (18,000)
      4. Poughkeepsie Journal (40,504)
      5. The Post-Journal (19,810)
      6. The Record (18,233)
    11. North Carolina - The Enterprise-Record (Mocksville, 11,800)
    12. North Dakota
      1. The Forum (Fargo, 52,238)
      2. Minot Daily News (21,273)
    13. Ohio
      1. The Advocate (Newark, 22,217)
      2. Chillicothe Gazette (16,018)
      3. The Cincinnati Enquirer (216,509)
      4. The Cincinnati Post (40,618)
      5. The Columbus Dispatch ( 371,551)
      6. The Courier (Findlay, 22,319)
      7. The Independent (Massillon, 12,932)
      8. The News-Herald (Lake County-Willoughby, 45,366)
      9. News Journal (Mansfield, 32,641)
      10. The Repository (Canton, 66,014)
      11. The Times Reporter (New Philadelphia, 23,956)
    14. Oklahoma
      1. Enid News & Eagle (18,882)
      2. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, 223,403)
      3. The Shawnee News-Star (9,834)
      4. Tulsa World (139,383)
    15. Oregon
      1. Albany Democrat-Herald (17,786)
      2. Argus Observer (Ontario, 7,367)
      3. The Bulletin (Bend) (26,695)
      4. Daily Courier (Grants Pass, 16,392)
      5. The News-Review (Roseburg, 19,272)
    16. Pennsylvania
      1. Altoona Mirror (32,339)
      2. Erie Times-News (60,771)
      3. The Express-Times (Easton, 50,439)
      4. Lebanon Daily News: 20,518)
      5. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg, 116,362)
      6. The Sentinel (Carlisle, 15,072)
      7. York Daily Record (46,554)
    17. Rhode Island - The Providence Journal (234,147)
    18. South Carolina
      1. The Item (Sumter, 21,990)
      2. Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, 50,386)
      3. The State (Columbia, 117,595)
      4. The Post and Courier (Charleston, 98,793)
      5. The Greenville News (91,714)
      6. The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, 18,923)
    19. South Dakota
      1. Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, 54,700)
      2. The Daily Republic (Mitchell, 12,069)
      3. The Rapid City Journal (29,565)
    20. Tennessee
      1. The Knoxville News-Sentinel (117,528)
      2. Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, 22,057)
    21. Texas
      1. Amarillo Globe-News (51,105)
      2. Austin American-Statesman (184,907)
      3. The Dallas Morning News (546,177)
      4. El Paso Times (74,278)
      5. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (247,167)
      6. Houston Chronicle (549,300)
      7. San Antonio Express-News (252,889)
      8. The Victoria Advocate (36,340)
    22. Utah - The Salt Lake Tribune (135,730)
    23. Virginia
      1. Bristol Herald-Courier (39,563)
      2. Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, 32,202)
      3. The Daily News Leader (Staunton, 21,252)
      4. Danville Register & Bee (21,701)
      5. The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, 47,866)
      6. News Advance (Lynchburg, 37,447)
      7. Richmond Times-Dispatch (191,732)
    24. Washington
      1. The Columbian (Vancouver, 51,498)
      2. The Chronicle (Centralia, 14,524)
      3. The Daily News (Longview, 22,138)
      4. King County Journal (Bellevue, 44,592)
      5. The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, 100,760)
      6. Yakima Herald-Republic (38,646)
    25. West Virginia
      1. Bluefield Daily Telegraph (19,877)
      2. Charleston Daily Mail (34,539)
      3. The Intelligencer (Wheeling, 20,689)
      4. The Parkersburg News (23,558)
      5. The Parkersburg Sentinel (4,757)
    26. Wisconsin
      1. Beloit Daily News (14,193)
      2. The Chippewa Herald (6,804)
      3. The Janesville Gazette (22,696)
      4. Oshkosh Northwestern (21,748)
      5. The Post-Crescent (Appleton, 54,193)
      6. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, 91,356)
    27. Wyoming - Star-Tribune (Casper): 33,623)


    Senator Kerry
    1. Alabama
      1. The Anniston Star (26,527)
      2. The Decatur Daily (23,641)
      3. Montgomery Advertiser (61,208)
      4. The Tuscaloosa News (34,616)
    2. Alaska - Anchorage Daily News (82,891)
    3. Arkansas - Arkansas Times (Little Rock, na)
    4. Arizona - Daily Star (Tucson, 109,592)
    5. California
      1. The Alameda Times-Star (233,555)
      2. The Argus (Fremont, 33,558)
      3. Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, 186,335)
      4. Daily News (Los Angeles, 178,044)
      5. The Daily Review (Hayward, 38,848)
      6. The Fresno Bee (166,531)
      7. Marin Independent Journal (40,444)
      8. Merced Sun-Star: (17,247)
      9. The Modesto Bee (87,366)
      10. The Monterey County Herald (34,813)
      11. The Oakland Tribune (67,807)
      12. La Opinion (Los Angeles, Spanish-language daily, 126,628)
      13. The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, 89,384)
      14. The Sacramento Bee (303,841)
      15. San Francisco Chronicle (501,135)
      16. San Jose Mercury News (279,539)
      17. San Mateo County Times (35,708)
      18. Santa Cruz Sentinel (26,136)
      19. Times-Herald (Vallejo, 22,382)
      20. Times-Standard (Eureka, 19,129)
      21. Ventura County Star (93,664)
    6. Colorado
      1. Aspen Daily News (12,100)
      2. Daily Camera (Boulder, 33,419)
      3. Durango Herald (8,621)
      4. Fort Collins Coloradoan (28,415)
      5. Greeley Daily Tribune (26,241)
    7. Connecticut
      1. The Day (New London, 39,553)
      2. The Stamford Advocate (27,350)
    8. Delaware - The News Journal (Wilmington, 141,283)
    9. District of Columbia - The Washington Post (772,553)
    10. Florida
      1. Bradenton Herald (52,163)
      2. Daytona Beach News-Journal (112,945)
      3. Florida Today (Melbourne, 90,877)
      4. The Gainesville Sun (48,747)
      5. The Miami Herald (325,032)
      6. Orlando Sentinel (269,269)
      7. The Palm Beach Post (181,727)
      8. St Petersburg Times (358,502)
      9. Sarasota Herald-Tribune (121,272)
      10. South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, 268,927)
      11. Treasure Coast News/Press-Tribune (Fort Pierce, 108,604)
    11. Georgia
      1. Atlanta Journal-Constitution (418,323)
      2. The Macon Telegraph (65,871)
    12. Hawaii
      1. The Honolulu Advertiser (145,943)
      2. Honolulu Star-Bulletin (64,305)
    13. Idaho
      1. Bonner County Daily Bee (Sandpoint, 4,537)
      2. The Idaho Statesman (Boise, 65,714)
    14. Illinois
      1. Chicago Defender (14,686)
      2. Chicago Sun-Times (486,936)
      3. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, 150,794)
      4. Daily Southtown (Chicago, 48,858)
      5. Edwardsville Intelligencer (5,092)
      6. Rockford Register-Star (65,685)
    15. Indiana
      1. Journal and Courier (Lafayette, 36,784)
      2. The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, 61,205)
      3. The Times (Munster, 86,474)
    16. Iowa
      1. The Des Moines Register (155,898)
      2. The Hawk Eye (Burlington, 19,000)
      3. Iowa City Press-Citizen (15,077)
      4. Quad City Times (Davenport, 53,872)
      5. The Storm Lake Times (na)
    17. Kansas
      1. The Hutchinson News (32,625)
      2. Lexington Herald-Leader (122,748)
    18. Kentucky
      1. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, 216,934)
      2. Lexington Herald-Leader (122,748)
      3. Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (28,445)
    19. Louisiana - The Times (Shreveport, 66,614)
    20. Maine
      1. Bangor Daily News (61,337)
      2. Journal Tribune (Biddeford, 8,770)
      3. Kennebec Journal (14,845)
      4. Morning Sentinel (Waterville, 19,639)
      5. Portland Press Herald (73,211)
      6. The Times Record (Brunswick, 10,594)
    21. Maryland - The Sun (Baltimore, 470,453)
    22. Massachusetts
      1. The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, 31,152)
      2. The Boston Globe (452,109)
      3. MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, 44,345)
      4. Milford Daily News (11,417)
      5. The Republican (Springfield, 84,694)
      6. The Standard-Times (New Bedford, 35,299)
      7. Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, 103,586)
    23. Michigan
      1. The Argus-Press (Owosso, 11,438)
      2. The Bay City Times (34,126)
      3. Battle Creek Enquirer (24,831)
      4. The Daily Globe (Ironwood, 6,498)
      5. Detroit Free Press (354,581)
      6. The Flint Journal (84,313)
      7. Lansing State Journal (73,594)
      8. Livingston County Daily Press & Argus (13,472)
      9. The Muskegon Chronicle (46,505)
      10. Petoskey News-Review (10,296)
      11. The Saginaw News (56,307)
      12. Times Herald (Port Huron, 29,488)
      13. Traverse City Record-Eagle (26,502)
    24. Minnesota
      1. Duluth News Tribune (45,688)
      2. The Free Press (Mankato, 21,591)
      3. St. Cloud Times (28,199)
      4. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, 377,058)
    25. Missouri
      1. Columbia Daily Tribune (18,874)
      2. The Kansas City Star (269,188)
      3. St. Louis American (68,500)
      4. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (281,198)
      5. Springfield News-Leader
    26. Montana - Billings Gazette (47,849)
    27. Nevada
      1. Las Vegas Mercury (na)
      2. Las Vegas Sun (34,407)
      3. Nevada Appeal (15,296)
      4. Reno Gazette-Journal (66,073)
    28. New Hampshire
      1. Concord Monitor (19,984)
      2. The Keene Sentinel (13,620)
      3. Portsmouth Herald (13,551)
      4. The Telegraph (Nashua, 26,762)
      5. Valley News (Lebanon-Hanover, 16,984)
    29. New Jersey
      1. The Bergen Record (Hackensack, 171,251)
      2. Burlington County Times (Willingboro, 40,172)
      3. Courier News (Bridgewater, 41,601)
      4. Courier-Post (Camden, N.J., 79,400 )
      5. The Daily Journal (Vineland, 17,941)
      6. Daily Record (Parsippany, 42,665)
      7. The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, 28,375)
      8. The Gloucester County Times (Woodbury, 23,827)
      9. The Record (Hackensack, 171,251)
      10. The Star-Ledger (Newark, 407,945)
      11. The Times (Trenton, 73,235)
    30. New Mexico
      1. Albuquerque Tribune (13,536)
      2. The Santa Fe New Mexican (25,308)
    31. New York
      1. The Buffalo News (201,900)
      2. Daily Star (Oneonta, 17,962)
      3. The Ithaca Journal (17,861)
      4. The Journal-News (White Plains, 142,145)
      5. The Leader (Corning): 12,808)
      6. The New York Times (1,133,763)
      7. Newsday (Melville, 580,346)
      8. The Post-Star (Glens Falls, 33,608)
      9. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (169,697)
      10. Star-Gazette (Elmira, 28,826)
      11. Staten Island Advance (65,607)
      12. Times-Union (Albany, 144,368)
    32. North Carolina
      1. Asheville Citizen Times (55,982)
      2. The Charlotte Observer (231,369)
      3. Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, 10,514)
      4. The Daily Reflector (Greenville, 25,777)
      5. The News & Observer (Raleigh, 173,329)
      6. News & Record (Greensboro, 113,675)
      7. Pilot (Southern Pines, na)
      8. Star-News (Wilmington, 54,231)
    33. North Dakota
      1. The Bismarck Tribune (27,111)
      2. Grand Forks Herald (32,385)
    34. Ohio
      1. Akron Beacon Journal (139,220)
      2. The Blade (Toledo, 139,293)
      3. Dayton Daily News (183,175)
      4. Times Recorder (Zanesville, 21,329)
    35. Oregon
      1. The Daily Astorian (8,429)
      2. East Oregonian (Pendleton, 10,236)
      3. Mail Tribune (Medford, 35,524)
      4. Oregonian (Portland, 342,040)
      5. The Register-Guard (Eugene, 72,411)
      6. Statesman Journal (Salem, 56,298)
      7. The World (Coos Bay, 12,711)
    36. Pennsylvania
      1. Beaver County Times (41,950)
      2. The Bucks County Courier Times (67,722)
      3. Centre Daily Times (State College 25,354)
      4. Citizen's Voice (Wilkes-Barre, 33,343)
      5. The Doylestown Intelligencer (43,053)
      6. Herald-Standard (Uniontown, 28,453)
      7. The Morning Call (Allentown, 131,110)
      8. Observer-Reporter (Washington, 34,643)
      9. The Philadelphia Daily News (139,983)
      10. The Philadelphia Inquirer (387,692)
      11. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (245,065)
      12. Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, 44,639)
    37. South Carolina
      1. Anderson Independent-Mail (43,248)
      2. The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, 60,931)
    38. Tennessee
      1. The Commercial-Appeal (Memphis, 189,961)
      2. The Jackson Sun (35,561)
      3. Nashville Scene (na)
      4. The Tennessean (Nashville, 205,158)
    39. Texas
      1. The Baytown Sun (11,374)
      2. Citizen's Advocate (Coppell, na)
      3. Corpus Christi Caller-Times (60,537)
      4. Lone Star Iconoclast (Crawford, na)
      5. Longview News-Journal (29,509)
      6. The Lufkin Daily News (14,608)
      7. Waco Tribune-Herald (40,699)
    40. Vermont
      1. Bennington Banner (7,898)
      2. Brattleboro Reformer (10,247)
      3. The Burlington Free Press (47,278)
      4. Rutland Herald (21,125)
      5. The Times Argus (Barre-Montpelier, 12,178)
    41. Virginia
      1. Daily Press (Newport News, 95,228)
      2. The Roanoke Times (100,447)
      3. The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, 201,473)
    42. Washington
      1. The Herald (Everett, 50,998)
      2. The Olympian (39,279)
      3. Tacoma News Tribune (128,000)
      4. Seattle Post-Intelligencer (150,901)
      5. Seattle Times (237,303)
      6. The Sun (Bremerton,: 30,731)
      7. Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, 42,285)
      8. Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (14,275)
    43. West Virginia
      1. Charleston Gazette (49,529)
      2. Huntington Herald-Dispatch (31,423)
    44. Wisconsin
      1. The Capital Times (Madison, 19,410 )
      2. The Green Bay News-Chronicle (7,100)
      3. The Journal Times (Racine, 29,264)
      4. Kenosha News (26,665)
      5. La Crosse Tribune (34,283)
      6. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
      7. The Sheboygan Press (25,665)
      8. The Wausau Daily Herald (22,757)


    Magazines and Other Media
    1. American Conservative - Kerry
    2. American Conservative - Bush
    3. The Economist (450,000 US circulation included below) - Kerry
    4. The Nation - Kerry
    5. The New Republic - Kerry
    6. The New Yorker - Kerry (first endorsement in 80 year history)


    Newspapers Declining to Endorse (Endorsed Bush in 2000)
    1. Florida - Tampa Tribune
    2. Louisiana - The (Houma) Courier
    3. Louisiana - The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune
    4. Michigan - Detroit News
    5. North Carolina - Winston-Salem Journal
    6. Ohio - Clevel Plain Dealer
    7. Pennsylvania - The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News
    8. Pennsylvania - The Scranton Times
    9. Texas - Abilene Reporter-News
    10. Texas - Wichita Falls Times Record News


    President Bush Senator Kerry
    Total Endorsements: 192 Total Endorsements: 222

    Total Circulation:
    14,455,000 +

    Total Circulation:
    21,300,000 +



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