Presidential Newspaper Endorsements are sought after by candidates. The University of California, Santa Barbara compiled a list of the top 100 newspapers by circulation and document the presidential endorsements.
Out of the newspapers, nine did not endorse a candidate at all for the 2008 election cycle and have not (yet, if at all) endorsed a candidate for 2012.
In 2008, 34 newspapers endorsed Obama that have not yet endorsed a candidate for 2012. In 2008, 13 newspapers endorsed McCain in 2008 and have not yet endorsed a candidate for 2012.
Currently, presidential candidate Mitt Romney has 18 endorsements, while 20 newspapers endorse President Obama. This is striking, as the decidedly left-wing media seems to be inching to the right, at least in terms of endorsements. Of course, as mentioned above, there are still 47 newspapers that have not yet endorsed a candidate. They may do so in the next week or so.
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In total, out of the 100 top newspapers, a whopping 63 endorsed President Obama in 2008, while only 26 endorsed McCain. That is in stark contrast to the 20 current endorsements for Obama.
Out of the 20 newspaper endorsements for President Obama, 19 also endorsed him for 2008. The San Antonio Express News was the one newspaper that switched from endorsing McCain in 2008 to endorsing President Obama in 2012.
This, in contrast to the 7 newspapers that switched from endorsing Obama in 2008 to now endorsing Governor Romney. The newspapers that switched are the Press-Telegram (Los Angeles County, CA), the Daily News (Los Angeles), The Tennessean (Nashville), the Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), the Orlando Sentinel, the Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX), and the Houston Chronicle.
The Daily News lamented the partisanship, they write:
"It is precisely this kind of partisan divide that Obama promised to end. He was going to make history not only as the United States' first black president but as its healer, vowing to lead the nation into a new era of cooperation. But that promise to blend blue America and red America into purple America is an example of Obama's failure of leadership."
The Orlando Sentinel says, "Economic growth, three years into the recovery, is anemic. Family incomes are down, poverty is up."
Again, in 2008, 10 newspapers endorsed candidates after this late date and there is no saying what can happen. Based on the current endorsements, there is clearly not even close to as much enthusiasm for President Obama as there was for his historic 2008 election.