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This is the third update chronicling which newspapers are endorsing which presidential candidates. As noted previously, many observers believe that newspaper endorsements no longer have much impact on how people vote. That is in part because so many fewer people read newspapers, particularly people under 35. Even for those Americans who still do read newspapers, the endorsements that really seem to matter aren't those for candidates at the top of the party tickets but rather for local races.

A small but growing numbers of daily newspapers that used to endorse in the presidential race no longer do. But despite the evidence that they aren't being listened to even by the people who do read them, editors continue to write those endorsements, particularly at the nation's largest newspapers.

In one arena they may have an impact: swing states where the vote is likely to be close. Dan Schnur, the director of the Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California and veteran of four presidential races, told NPR:

If you are the newspaper in the most important swing market in the most important swing state in a very close presidential election, you still matter a lot. And the Columbus Dispatch endorsement really does matter.
That endorsement in the crucial state of Ohio went to Mitt Romney. But Barack Obama got the endorsement of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon-Journal.
Chart showing newspaper endorsements of presidential candidates for 2008
As mentioned in previous posts on this subject, serious tracking of newspaper endorsements was begun in 2004 by Greg Mitchell, who then was editor of the newspaper trade journal Editor and Publisher, which is now published only on line. Mitchell currently writes for The Nation.

The day before the election in 2004, he had tallied 273 daily and weekly newspaper endorsements for John Kerry to George W. Bush's 205. The day before the election in 2008, 407 daily and weekly newspapers had endorsed Barack Obama, against 212 for John McCain. Among the 123 members of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, 57 had endorsed Obama; zero McCain.

With eight days to go before the 2012 election, 71 daily and 31 weekly or twice-weekly papers have endorsed Obama; 102 daily and 27 weekly newspapers have endorsed Romney. It should be noted that 20 of Romney's weekly endorsements come from small-circulation papers in Minnesota owned by Forum Communications.

Total circulation of the newspapers endorsing Obama: 14.4 million
Total for Romney: 8.6 million

Twelve major newspapers (those of 75,000 circulation and more) are not endorsing this year. Some traditionally do not do so; others have recently chosen not to do so. The 12: The Wall Street Journal; USA Today; Chicago Sun-Times; The Oregonian; Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; Deseret News; Knoxville News Sentinel; Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Daytona Beach News-Journal; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Indianpolis Star; and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Below the fold you can see what the endorsement list looks like so far this year. A • means the newspaper changed parties in its endorsement for president this year compared with 2008. A ° means the newspaper didn't endorse any presidential candidate in 2008.

In comments, please add to the list any endorsements you know of that haven't been included or that I've mistakenly put in favor of the wrong candidate.

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Barack Obama

ALABAMA

Montgomery Advertiser

ARIZONA

Arizona Daily Star
Tucson Weekly (Weekly)

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Times (Weekly)

CALIFORNIA

Contra Costa Times
Fremont Argus
Hayward Daily Review
La Opinión
Los Angeles Times
Marin Independent Journal
Oakland Tribune
The Sacramento Bee
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
San Jose Mercury News
San Mateo County Times
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Independent Coast Observer (Weekly)
The Riverside County Record (Weekly)
Sacramento News & Review (Weekly)
Santa Barbara Independent (Weekly)

COLORADO

Aspen Times
Durango Herald
The Denver Post
Daily Camera
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Aurora Sentinel (Weekly)
Boulder Weekly
Colorado Springs Independent (Weekly)
Out Front Colorado (Weekly)

CONNECTICUT

New Haven Register
Hartford Courant

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Washington Post

FLORIDA

Miami Herald
The Tampa Bay Times

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune
Freeport Journal-Standard

KENTUCKY

Lexington Herald Leader
The Messenger

MAINE

Bangor Daily News

MICHIGAN

Detroit Free Press
Kalamazoo Gazette
Muskegon Chronicle
MLive Detroit
Saginaw News (Weekly)
Bay City Times (Weekly)
The Flint Journal (Weekly)

MINNESOTA

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

MISSOURI

Kansas City Star
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis American

NEBRASKA

Lincoln Journal Star

NEVADA

Las Vegas Sun
Reno News & Review

NEW JERSEY

Star Ledger
Montclair Times (Weekly)

NEW MEXICO

Las Cruces Sun-News
Santa Fe New Mexican   
Taos News

NEW YORK

Asbury Park News
Buffalo News
The New York Times
Poughkeepsie Journal
The New Yorker (magazine)
New York Amsterdam News (Weekly)
Queens Tribune (Weekly)

NORTH CAROLINA

Asheville Citizen Times
Charlotte Observer
Raleigh News & Observer
The Winston-Salem Journal

OHIO

Akron Beacon Journal
The Blade
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Athens News (Weekly)
Cincinnati CityBeat (Weekly)
Cincinnati Herald (Weekly)

OREGON

Daily Astorian
Eugene Register-Guard
Medford Mail Tribune
Eugene Weekly
The Skanner (Weekly)
Willamette Week

PENNSYLVANIA   

Delaware County Daily Times
The Philadelphia Inquirer  

RHODE ISLAND

Providence Journal

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga Times

TEXAS

San Antonio Express-News
The Austin Chronicle (Weekly)   

UTAH

Salt Lake Tribune

VERMONT

Manchester Journal (Weekly)

VIRGINIA

Falls Church News-Press (Weekly)

WASHINGTON

The Everett Herald
The Seattle Times
The News Tribune
Northwest Asian Weekly
Pacific Northwest Islander (Weekly)
The Stranger (Weekly)

WEST VIRGINIA   

The Charleston Gazette
The Glenville Democrat (Weekly)
The Glenville Pathfinder (Weekly)

WISCONSIN

Wausau Daily Herald
The Capital Times (2x Weekly)




Gary Johnson

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga Free Press

MISSOURI

Saint Joseph Telegraph ° (Weekly)



















Mitt Romney

ALABAMA

The Tuscaloosa News
The Gadsden Times

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic
Casa Grande Dispatch
Prescott Daily Courier
White Mountain Independent (Weekly)

CALIFORNIA

North County Times
San Diego Union-Tribune
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Los Angeles Daily News
Pasadena Star-News
Redlands Daily Facts
San Bernardino Sun
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Torrance Daily Breeze
Whittier Daily News

COLORADO

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
The Pueblo Chieftain
Longmont Times-Call
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Colorado Springs Gazette °

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Washington Examiner

FLORIDA

The Orlando Sentinel
Florida Times Union
Naples Daily News
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Tampa Tribune

GEORGIA

Cherokee Tribune

ILLINOIS

Daily Herald

IOWA

Cedar Rapids Gazette
Des Moines Register
Estherville Daily News
The Messenger
Quad-City Times
Sioux City Journal

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Herald
Cape Cod Times
Eagle Tribune
The Sun
Sentinel & Enterprise

MICHIGAN

Royal Oak Daily Tribune
Detroit News
Grand Rapids Press
Jackson City Patriot
Macomb Daily

MINNESOTA

Duluth News Tribune
Bemidji Pioneer
The Republican Eagle
West Central Tribune
Duluth Budgeteer News (Weekly)
Alexandria Echo-Press (Weekly)
Becker County Record (Weekly)
Blackduck American (Weekly)
Detroit Lakes Tribune (Weekly)
East Ottertail Focus (Weekly)
Farmington Independent (Weekly)
Hancock Record (Weekly)
Hastings Star-Gazette (Weekly)
Lake Area Press (Weekly)
Lake County News Chronicle (Weekly)
Morris Sun Tribune (Weekly)
Osakis Review (Weekly)
Park Rapids Enterprise (Weekly)
Rosemount Town Pages (Weekly)
South Washington County Bulletin (Weekly)
The Pine Journal (Weekly)
Wadena Pioneer Journal (Weekly)
Woodbury Bulletin (Weekly)
Worthington Daily Globe (Weekly)

MONTANA

Billings Gazette

NEBRASKA

Omaha World Herald
Newman Grove Reporter
Scottsbluff Star Herald

NEVADA

Elko Daily Free Press
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Reno Gazette Journal

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Foster's Daily Democrat
New Hampshire Union-Leader

NEW YORK

Dunkirk Observer
New York Post
The New York Observer • (Weekly)

NORTH DAKOTA

The Bismarck Tribune   
Minot Daily News
Grand Forks Herald
Jamestown Sun
The Forum
Dickinson Press (Weekly)
West Fargo Pioneer (Weekly)

OHIO

Cincinnati Inquirer
Columbus Dispatch
The Marietta Times
The Buckeye Lake Beacon (Weekly)

OKLAHOMA

The Oklahoman

OREGON

McMinnville News-Register (Weekly)
Yamhill News-Register (Weekly)

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

TENNESSEE

Jackson Sun
The Tennessean

TEXAS

Beaumont Enterprise
Bryan Eagle
The Dallas Morning News
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Galveston Daily News
Houston Chronicle
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The Lufkin Daily News
Tyler Morning Telegraph

VIRGINIA

Richmond Times Dispatch
The Winchester Star

WASHINGTON

Spokesman Review    
The Vancouver Columbian
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

WEST VIRGINIA

Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Charleston Daily Mail
Huntington Herald Dispatch
The Inter-Mountain
Martinsburg Journal
Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Weirton Daily Times
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WISCONSIN

Green Bay Press Gazette
Hudson Star-Observer (Weekly)
New Richmond News (Weekly)
Pierce County Herald (Weekly)
River Falls Journal (Weekly)
Sun Prairie Star (Weekly)
Superior Telegram

WYOMING

Casper Star-Tribune

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