Newspaper endorsements in the United States presidential election, 2008, for John McCain

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During the 2008 United States presidential election, newspapers, magazines, and other publications made general election endorsements. As of November 4, 2008, Barack Obama had received more than twice as many publication endorsements as John McCain; in terms of circulation, the ratio was more than 3 to 1, according to the detailed tables below. In summary:

Summary of Endorsements (with circulation) as of November 4, 2008
McCain
pubs. circ.
Daily Newspapers[1] 180 11,917,481
Weekly Newspapers 32 333,392
College Newspapers 2 16,479
Magazines and other publications 1 178,780
Total 215 12,446,132
Party Switches 11  

According to Editor & Publisher magazine, as of November 3, 2008, there was 273 newspapers endorsing Barack Obama compared to 172 for John McCain. By comparison, the magazine reported that before election day in 2004, John Kerry received 213 endorsements compared to 205 for George W. Bush.[1]


UWIRE, in its Presidential Scorecard, reported that Barack Obama led John McCain by 86 to 2 in college newspaper endorsements, as of November 4.[2]

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies reported that Barack Obama led John McCain by 57 to 0 in endorsements among its 123 member newspapers as of October 31, 2008.[3]

For a full list of newspapers that have endorsed Barack Obama, see Newspaper endorsements in the United States presidential election, 2008, for Barack Obama.

For a summary of endorsements and a list of newspapers that have chosen not to endorse a candidate, see Newspaper endorsements in the United States presidential election, 2008.

John McCain[edit]

Daily general circulation newspapers for McCain[edit]

Newspaper Largest Reported Circulation[4] Paid or Free State 2004 endorsement[1]
New York Post [5] 702,488 Paid New York Bush
The Baltimore Examiner [6] 250,285[7] Free Maryland New since 2004
The Washington Examiner [8] 260,950[7] Free District of Columbia New since 2004
The San Francisco Examiner [9] 200,000[10] Free California Bush
The Pueblo Chieftain [11] 50,243 Paid Colorado Bush
Boston Herald [12] 182,350 Paid Massachusetts Bush
The Lowell Sun [13] 50,245 Paid Massachusetts Bush
The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction) [14] 33,294 Paid Colorado Bush
Napa Valley Register [15] 16,993 Paid California Bush
Foster’s Daily Democrat (Dover) [16] 27,000[17] Paid New Hampshire Bush
The Spokesman-Review [18] 113,081 Paid Washington Bush
New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester) [18] 73,550[19] Paid New Hampshire Bush
The Courier (Findlay) [18] 22,000[20] Paid Ohio Bush
Amarillo Globe News [18] 53,773 Paid Texas Bush
Wheeling News-Register [18] 34,911 Paid West Virginia Bush
The Tampa Tribune [21] 220,522 Paid Florida No Endorsement[22]
The Dallas Morning News [23] 520,215 Paid Texas Bush
Savannah Morning News [24] 58,939 Paid Georgia Bush
The Columbus Dispatch [25] 334,422 Paid Ohio Bush
The Morning Journal (Lorain) [26] 27,248 Paid Ohio
San Antonio Express-News [27] 315,959 Paid Texas Bush
Las Vegas Review-Journal [28] 199,602 Paid Nevada Bush
The Bakersfield Californian [29] 68,825 Paid California Bush
The San Diego Union-Tribune [30] 355,537 Paid California Bush
Daily Press (Newport News) [31] 103,308 Paid Virginia Kerry
Riverside Press-Enterprise [32] 172,730 Paid California Bush
The Bradenton Herald [33] 54,210 Paid Florida Kerry
The Jackson Sun [34] 36,494 Paid Tennessee Kerry
Fargo Forum [35] 58,277 Paid North Dakota Bush
Beaumont Enterprise [36] 51,342 Paid Texas Bush
Corpus Christi Caller-Times [37] 73,746 Paid Texas Kerry
Winchester Star [38] 23,946 Paid Virginia Bush
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal [39] 55,484 Paid Texas Bush
The Journal (New Ulm) [40] 8,555 Paid Minnesota Bush
Bend Bulletin [41] 33,754 Paid Oregon Bush
Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle [42] 22,438 Paid Tennessee Bush
Roswell Daily Record [43] 12,293[44] Paid New Mexico --
Fort Dodge Messenger [45] 18,242 Paid Iowa Bush
Chambersburg Public Opinion [46] 18,001 Paid Pennsylvania No Endorsement
Lewistown Sentinel [47] 13,069 Paid Pennsylvania Bush
Chattanooga Free Press [48] 95,039 Paid Tennessee Bush
Longmont Times-Call [1] 22,900 Paid Colorado Bush
Palatka Daily News [1] 14,508 Paid Florida --
Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise [49] 22,000[50] Paid Oklahoma --
Tyler Morning Telegraph [51] 40,701 Paid Texas --
The Detroit News [52] 188,171 Paid Michigan No Endorsement
Torrington Register-Citizen [53] 8,217 Paid Connecticut Bush
Cape Coral Daily Breeze [54] 38,500[55] Paid Florida --
Lancaster New Era [56] 84,408 Paid Pennsylvania --
The State (Columbia) [57] 128,564 Paid South Carolina Bush
Mitchell Daily Republic [58] 12,501[59] Paid South Dakota Bush
The Cincinnati Enquirer [60] 279,825[4] Paid Ohio Bush
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) [61] 515,523[4] Paid Arizona Bush
The Green Bay Press-Gazette [62] 76,821 Paid Wisconsin Bush
Kerrville Daily Times [63] 12,129[64] Paid Texas --
McCook Daily Gazette [65] 6,065[66] Paid Nebraska Bush
Richmond Times-Dispatch [67] 205,895[4] Paid Virginia Bush
The Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence) [68] 47,060[4] Paid Massachusetts Bush
Grand Rapids Press [69] 177,026[4] Paid Michigan Bush
The Galveston County Daily News [70] 28,758[71] Paid Texas --
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) [72] 262,150[4] Paid Oklahoma Bush
The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) [73] 57,383[4] Paid California Bush
Lincoln Journal Star [74] 78,350[4] Paid Nebraska Bush
The News Virginian (Waynesboro) [75] 7,478[4] Paid Virginia --
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel [76] 29,838[4] Paid West Virginia Bush
The Weirton Daily Times [76] 5,345[4] Paid West Virginia --
North County Times (Escondido) [77] 88,677[4] Paid California --
The Bulletin (newspaper) (Philadelphia) [78] 100,000[79] Free Pennsylvania Relaunched 2006
Sioux Falls Argus Leader [80] 65,709[4] Paid South Dakota Bush
Sioux City Journal [81] 42,354[4] Paid Iowa Bush
Birmingham News [82] 170,747[4] Paid Alabama Bush
Elko Daily Free Press [83] 7,280[84] Paid Nevada Bush
Lewiston Sun Journal [85] 36,500[86] Paid Maine Bush
Omaha World Herald [87] 219,795[4] Paid Nebraska Bush
Mobile Press Register [88] 112,761[4] Paid Alabama Bush
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette [89] 45,030[4] Paid Illinois Bush
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake) [90] 38,865[4] Paid Illinois Bush
The Greenville News [91] 108,568[4] Paid South Carolina Bush
Winter Haven News Chief [92] 9,644[93] Paid Florida --
News and Advance (Lynchburg) [94] 39,489[4] Paid Virginia Bush
Lawrence Journal World [95] 19,712[7] Paid Kansas --
The Washington Times [96] 102,258[7] Paid District of Columbia Bush
Knoxville News Sentinel [97] 147,939[4] Paid Tennessee Bush
Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith) [98] 43,384[4] Paid Arkansas Bush
The Albany Herald [99] 26,135[100] Paid Georgia Bush
Marietta Daily Journal [101] 17,284[4] Paid Georgia --
Twin Falls Times-News [102] 23,577[4] Paid Idaho Bush
Marshalltown Times-Republican [103] 9,875[4] Paid Iowa --
Jackson Citizen Patriot [104] 34,812[4] Paid Michigan Bush
The Oakland Press (Pontiac) [105] 76,937[4] Paid Michigan Bush
Eagle Times (Claremont) [106] 7,909[4] Paid New Hampshire --
The News-Herald (Willoughby) [107] 44,322[4] Paid Ohio Bush
The Herald-Zeitung (New Braunfels) [108] 9,230[109] Paid Texas --
Wichita Falls Times Record News [110] 31,196[4] Paid Texas No Endorsement
The Daily News Record (Harrisonburg) [111] 30,908[4] Paid Virginia Bush
The Centralia Chronicle [112] 15,000[113] Paid Washington Bush
Beloit Daily News [114] 15,455[115] Paid Wisconsin Bush
Connecticut Post (Bridgeport) [116] 85,032[4] Paid Connecticut Bush
Casa Grande Dispatch [117] 9,358[4] Paid Arizona --
Winston-Salem Journal [118] 92,360[4] Paid North Carolina No Endorsement
Eureka Reporter [119] 24,000[120] Free California --
Conroe Courier [121] 11,528[4] Paid Texas --
Paris News [122] 12,300[123] Paid Texas --
The Gadsden Times [124] 20,034[4] Paid Alabama Bush
Daily Jefferson County Union (Fort Atkinson) [125] 8,630[126] Paid Wisconsin --
Culpeper Star Exponent [127] 7,159[4] Paid Virginia --
Silver City Daily Press [128] 8,172[129] Paid New Mexico --
The Advocate-Messenger (Danville) [130] 12,500[131] Paid Kentucky --
The Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) [132] 8,997[4] Paid Michigan Bush
Macomb Daily (Mount Clemens)[133] 57,710[4] Paid Michigan Bush
Bemidji Pioneer[134] 11,200[135] Paid Minnesota Bush
Escanaba Daily Press[136] 8,497[4] Paid Michigan Bush
The Mining Journal (Marquette)[137] 16,207[4] Paid Michigan --
Grants Pass Daily Courier[138] 15,680[4] Paid Oregon Bush
Charleston Daily Mail[139] 21,055[4] Paid West Virginia Bush
The Journal[140] 17,914[4] Paid West Virginia --
The Inter-Mountain (Elkins)[141] 11,096[4] Paid West Virginia --
Bristol Herald Courier[142] 36,892[4] Paid Virginia Bush
Springfield Republican[143] 115,936[4] Paid Massachusetts Kerry
Juneau Empire[144] 6,500[145] Paid Alaska --
Williamsport Sun Gazette[146] 30,419[4] Paid Pennsylvania --
Thomasville Times Enterprise[147] 8,971[4] Paid Georgia --
Greenwich Time[148] 10,456[4] Paid Connecticut --
Stamford Advocate[149] 23,250[4] Paid Connecticut Kerry
The Marion Star[150] 11,485[4] Paid Ohio --
Cedar Rapids Gazette[151] 71,282[4] Paid Iowa Bush
The Item (Sumter)[152] 21,578[153] Paid South Carolina Bush
Tulsa World[154] 119,627[4] Paid Oklahoma Bush
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock)[155] 270,477[4] Paid Arkansas Bush
Waterbury Republican-American[156] 56,677[4] Paid Connecticut Bush
Minot Daily News[157] 21,500[158] Paid North Dakota Bush
Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Greensburg)[159] 191,838[4] Paid Pennsylvania Bush
The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale)[160] 36,743[4] Paid Illinois Bush
Albuquerque Journal[161] 134,110[4] Paid New Mexico Bush
Rapid City Journal[162] 32,638[4] Paid South Dakota Bush
Grand Island Independent[163] 21,431[4] Paid Nebraska Bush
Duluth News Tribune[164] 62,000[165] Paid Minnesota Kerry
West Central Tribune[166] 18,550[167] Paid Minnesota --
Worthington Daily Globe[168] 9,600[169] Paid Minnesota --
Jamestown Sun[170] 6,000[171] Paid North Dakota --
Grand Forks Herald[172] 29,279[4] Paid North Dakota Kerry
Red Wing Republican Eagle[173] 5,814[174] Paid Minnesota --
Hickory Daily Record[175] 25,734[176] Paid North Carolina --
El Paso Times[177] 107,278[4] Paid Texas Bush
Vicksburg Post[178] 15,000[179] Paid Mississippi --
The Trentonian[180] 38,504[4] Paid New Jersey Bush
Northwest Indiana Times (Munster)[181] 91,763[4] Paid Indiana --
The Post and Courier (Charleston)[182] 105,033[4] Paid South Carolina Bush
Opelika Auburn News[183] 15,211[4] Paid Alabama --
Clanton Advertiser[184] 4,000[185] Paid Alabama --
Demopolis Times[186] 3,040[187] Paid Alabama --
Dothan Eagle[188] 33,994[4] Paid Alabama --
Chico Enterprise Record[189] 31,207[4] Paid California --
Ridgecrest Daily Independent[190] 6,800[191] Paid California --
Vallejo Times Herald[192] 16,710[4] Paid California Kerry
Bismarck Tribune[193] 30,730[4] Paid North Dakota Kerry
Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune[194] 9,549[4] Paid Ohio --
Charlottesville Daily Progress[195] 29,583[4] Paid Virginia --
Newton Daily News[196] 5,809[197] Paid Iowa --
Dekalb Daily Chronicle[198] 12,250[199] Paid Illinois --
Creston News Advertiser[200] 5,589[201] Paid Iowa --
Kane County Chronicle (Geneva)[202] 12,600[203] Paid Illinois --
Morris Daily Herald[204] 6,200[205] Paid Illinois --
Sauk Valley Telegraph and Daily Gazette[206] 21,430[207] Paid Illinois --
The Daily Courier (Prescott)[208] 18,361[4] Paid Arizona --
Augusta Chronicle[209] 79,397[4] Paid Georgia Bush
Ashland Daily Independent[210] 16,777[4] Paid Kentucky Bush
Bowling Green Daily News[211] 24,549[4] Paid Kentucky Bush
International Falls Daily Journal[212] 4,000[213] Paid Minnesota --
Jefferson City News Tribune[214] 21,857[4] Paid Missouri --
Marietta Times[215] 11,756[4] Paid Ohio --
Warren Tribune Chronicle[216] 34,108[4] Paid Ohio --
Enid News & Eagle[217] 16,652[4] Paid Oklahoma Bush
Albany Democrat-Herald[218] 17,586[4] Paid Oregon Bush
Baker City Herald[219] 3,000[220] Paid Oregon --
Warren Times-Observer[221] 9,916[4] Paid Pennsylvania --
The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown)[222] 40,662[4] Paid Pennsylvania --
Danville Register and Bee[223] 21,897[4] Paid Virginia Bush
Wheeling Intelligencer[224] 27,576[4] Paid West Virginia Bush
Ontario Argus Observer[225] 8,400[226] Paid Oregon Bush
Alexandria Town Talk[227] 33,157[4] Paid Louisiana --
St. Joseph News-Press[228] 34,458[4] Paid Missouri Bush
Steubenville Herald-Star[229] 15,148[4] Paid Ohio --
The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne)[230] 23,312[4] Paid Indiana --

Weekly general circulation newspapers for McCain[edit]

Newspaper Largest Reported Circulation Paid or Free State 2004 endorsement
Wharton Journal Spectator (2x-weekly)[231] 4,307[232] Paid Texas --
River Falls Journal[231] 4,850[233] Paid Wisconsin --
The Jewish Press[234] 125,000[235] Paid New York --
Rappahannock News Times[236] 2,945[237] Paid Virginia Kerry
Garden City News[238] 8,130[239] Paid New York --
Lampasas Dispatch Record[240] 3,382[232] Paid Texas --
White Mountain Independent (Show Low) (2x-weekly)[241] 10,200[242] Paid Arizona --
Lake County Journals[243] 50,000 (combined)[244] Paid/Free Illinois --
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (Wasilla) (3x-weekly)[245] 6,000[246] Paid Alaska --
Mountain Valley News (Cedaredge) [247] 2,000[248] Paid Colorado --
Inside Tucson Business [249] 6,925[250] Paid Arizona --
Concordia Sentinel (Ferriday) [251] 4,200[252] Paid Louisiana --
Tulsa Beacon [253] 3,000[254] Paid Oklahoma --
Sand Mountain Reporter (Albertville) (3x-weekly)[255] 10,500[256] Paid Alabama --
Lake Geneva Regional News[257] 6,000[258] Paid Wisconsin --
Detroit Lakes Tribune[259] 4,500[260] Paid Minnesota --
Alexandria Echo Press (2x-weekly)[261] 9,763[262] Paid Minnesota --
Hudson Star-Observer[263] 7,335[264] Paid Minnesota --
Lake Elmo Leader[265] 2,200[266] Paid Minnesota --
Morris Sun Tribune (2x-weekly)[267] 2,946[268] Paid Minnesota --
New Richmond News[269] 5,642[270] Paid Wisconsin --
Park Rapids Enterprise (2x-weekly)[271] 5,723[272] Paid Minnesota --
Pierce County Herald (Ellsworth)[273] 4,376[274] Paid Wisconsin --
Stillwater Courier[275] 1,757[276] Paid Minnesota --
Woodbury Bulletin[277] 7,811[278] Paid Minnesota --
Paradise Post (3x-weekly)[279] 8,500[280] Paid California --
Woodburn Independent[281] 4,256[282] Paid Oregon --
Bureau County Republican (Princeton) (3x-weekly)[283] 7,827[284] Paid Illinois --
Coweta American[285] 3,000[286] Paid Georgia --
Eufaula Tribune (2x-weekly)[287] 5,500[288] Paid Alabama --
Hillsboro Argus (2x-weekly)[289] 7,954[290] Paid Oregon --
Wetumpka Herald[291] 5,363[292] Paid Alabama --
Idaho County Free Press[293] 3,766[293] Paid Idaho --
Chicago Jewish Star[294] 17,500[295] Paid Illinois --

College and University newspapers for McCain[edit]

Newspaper Institution Largest Reported Circulation Frequency State 2004 endorsement
Daily Mississippian[296] University Of Mississippi 11,979[297] Daily Mississippi --
Mesa State Criterion[298] Mesa State College 4,500[299] Weekly Colorado --

Magazines and other publications for McCain[edit]

Publication Circulation
National Review [300] 178,780 [4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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