Daily Endorsement Tally: Bush Has a Big Day, But Kerry is Still Eking Out a Win

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By: Greg Mitchell

In the near-final tally of editorial endorsements, President Bush narrowed the gap on Sen. John Kerry today, picking up 21 mostly smaller papers compared to the challenger’s five new additions. This brings the count of daily papers to 208-188 in favor of Kerry.

Since our last count, several weeklies on both sides were deleted because we are only covering paid dailies.

Kerry continues to easily hold the edge in the circulation of papers supporting him by a roughly 4-3 margin. And two more papers that backed Bush in 2000 have declared their neutrality: The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., and The Press of Atlantic City, in New Jersey.

More than 60 papers that backed Bush in 2000 have now switched to Kerry or endorsed neither candidate. Fewer than 10 switched the other way after backing Al Gore in 2000.

New for Bush today are the Lebanon (Pa.) Daily News, Minot (N.D.) Daily News, Jackson (Mich.) Citizen-Patriot, Bristol (Va.) Herald-Courier, Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald , Beloit (Wis.) Daily News , The Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.), The Daily Independent (Ashland, Ky.), The Albany (Ga.) Herald, The Shawnee (Okla.) News-Star, Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Press., The Parkersburg (W.Va.) Sentinel, The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colo.), The Janesville (Wis.) Gazette, Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.), Birmingham (Ala.) Post-Herald, and five papers in South Carolina: The Greenville News, The Post and Courier in Charleston, Times and Democrat in Orangeburg, The Item in Sumter, and The State in Columbia,.

New for Kerry: Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance, Metrowest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.), Milford (Mass.) Daily News, The Alameda Times-Star (Oakland, Calif.), and Burlington County Times (Willingboro, N.J.).

Here is our chart, state by state, as of Friday (we have not yet updated additions from yeserday or today), including each paper’s most recent ABC daily circulation total and an indication of who the paper backed in 2000, Bush or Gore (if we know it). Note: We are not including weeklies or college papers.

JOHN KERRY
208 newspapers total
20,791,614 daily circulation


ALABAMA (4)
Montgomery Advertiser (G): 61,208
The Tuscaloosa News (G): 34,616
The Anniston Star (G): 26,527
The Decatur Daily (G): 23,641

ALASKA (1)
Anchorage Daily News (G): 82,891

ARIZONA (1)
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (G): 109,592

CALIFORNIA (21)
San Francisco Chronicle (G): 501,135
The Sacramento Bee (G): 303,841
San Jose Mercury News (G): 279,539
The Alameda Times-Star: 233,555
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek) (B): 186,335
Daily News (Los Angeles) (B): 178,044
The Fresno Bee (G): 166,531
La Opinion (Los Angeles) (G): 126,628
Ventura County Star (B): 93,664
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa) (G): 89,384
The Modesto Bee (G): 87,366
The Oakland Tribune (G): 67,807
Marin Independent Journal: 40,444
The Daily Review (Hayward) (G): 38,848
San Mateo County Times (G): 35,708
The Monterey County Herald (B): 34,813
The Argus (Fremont) (G): 33,558
Santa Cruz Sentinel (B): 26,136
Times-Herald (Vallejo): 22,382
Times-Standard (Eureka) (B): 19,129
Merced Sun-Star: 17,247

COLORADO (5)
Daily Camera (Boulder) (B): 33,419
Fort Collins Coloradoan (G): 28,415
Greeley Daily Tribune (B): 26,241
Aspen Daily News: 12,100
Durango Herald (G): 8,621

CONNECTICUT (2)
The Day (New London) (B): 39,553
The Stamford Advocate (B): 27,350

DELAWARE (1)
The News Journal (Wilmington) (G): 141,283

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (1)
The Washington Post (G): 772,553

FLORIDA (12)
St. Petersburg Times (G): 358,502
The Miami Herald (G): 325,032
Orlando Sentinel (B): 269,269
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) (G): 268,927
The Palm Beach Post (G): 181,727
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (G): 121,272
Daytona Beach News-Journal (G): 112,945
Treasure Coast News/Press-Tribune (Fort Pierce): 108,604
Florida Today (Melbourne) (G): 90,877
Bradenton Herald (B): 52,163
The Gainesville Sun: 48,747
The Key West Citizen: 10,525

GEORGIA (2)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 418,323
The Macon Telegraph: 65,871

HAWAII (2)
The Honolulu Advertiser (G): 145,943
Honolulu Star-Bulletin (G): 64,305

IDAHO (2)
The Idaho Statesman (Boise) (B): 65,714
Bonner County Daily Bee (Sandpoint): 4,537

ILLINOIS (6)
Chicago Sun-Times (B): 486,936
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights) (B): 150,794
Rockford Register-Star (B): 65,685
Daily Southtown (Chicago) (G): 48,858
Chicago Defender: 14,686
Edwardsville Intelligencer (B): 5,092

INDIANA (3)
The Times (Munster): 86,474
The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne) (G): 61,205
Journal and Courier (Lafayette): 36,784

IOWA (4)
The Des Moines Register (G): 155,898
Quad City Times (Davenport) (B): 53,872
The Hawk Eye (Burlington) (G): 19,000
Iowa City Press-Citizen (B): 15,077

KANSAS (2)
The Hutchinson News (G): 32,625
The Emporia Gazette: 8,500

KENTUCKY (3)
The Courier-Journal (Louisville) (G): 216,934
Lexington Herald-Leader (G): 122,748
Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: 28,445

LOUISIANA (1)
The Times (Shreveport) (G): 66,614

MAINE (6)
Portland Press Herald (G): 73,211
Bangor Daily News (B): 61,337
Morning Sentinel (Waterville): 19,639
Kennebec Journal (Augusta): 14,845
The Times Record (Brunswick): 10,594
Journal Tribune (Biddeford): 8,770

MARYLAND (1)
The Sun (Baltimore) (G): 470,453

MASSACHUSETTS (7)
The Boston Globe (G): 452,109
Telegram & Gazette (Worcester) (B): 103,586
The Republican (Springfield): 84,694
MetroWest Daily News (Framingham): 44,345
The Standard-Times (New Bedford): 35,299
The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield): 31,152
Milford Daily News: 11,417

MICHIGAN (13)
Detroit Free Press (G): 354,581
The Flint Journal (B): 84,313
Lansing State Journal (G): 73,594
The Saginaw News: 56,307
The Muskegon Chronicle (B): 46,505
The Bay City Times: 34,126
Times Herald (Port Huron): 29,488
Traverse City Record-Eagle: 26,502
Battle Creek Enquirer: 24,831
Livingston County Daily Press & Argus: 13,472
The Argus-Press (Owosso): 11,438
Petoskey News-Review: 10,296
The Daily Globe (Ironwood): 6,498

MINNESOTA (4)
Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (G): 377,058
Duluth News Tribune: 45,688
St. Cloud Times: 28,199
The Free Press (Mankato): 21,591

MISSOURI (4)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (G): 281,198
The Kansas City Star (G): 269,188
Springfield News-Leader (G): 62,158
Columbia Daily Tribune (B): 18,874

MONTANA (1)
Billings Gazette (B): 47,849

NEVADA (3)
Reno Gazette-Journal (G): 66,073
Las Vegas Sun (G): 34,407
Nevada Appeal (Carson City): 15,296

NEW HAMPSHIRE (5)
The Telegraph (Nashua): 26,762
Concord Monitor (G): 19,984
Valley News (Lebanon-Hanover): 16,984
The Keene Sentinel (G): 13,620
Portsmouth Herald (G): 13,551

NEW JERSEY (10)
The Star-Ledger (Newark) (G): 407,945
The Record (Hackensack) (G): 171,251
Courier-Post (Camden) (B): 79,400
The Times (Trenton) (G): 73,235
Daily Record (Parsippany): 42,665
Courier News (Bridgewater): 41,601
Burlington County Times (Willingboro) (G): 40,172
The Jersey Journal (Jersey City): 28,375
The Gloucester County Times (Woodbury): 23,827
The Daily Journal (Vineland): 17,941

NEW MEXICO (2)
The Santa Fe New Mexican (G): 25,308
The Albuquerque Tribune (B): 13,536

NEW YORK (12)
The New York Times (G): 1,133,763
Newsday (Melville) (G): 580,346
The Buffalo News (G): 201,900
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (G): 169,697
Times-Union (Albany) (G): 144,368
The Journal-News (White Plains) (B): 142,145
Staten Island Advance (G): 65,607
The Post-Star (Glens Falls): 33,608
Star-Gazette (Elmira) (B): 28,826
The Daily Star (Oneonta) (G): 17,962
The Ithaca Journal (G): 17,861
The Leader (Corning): 12,808

NORTH CAROLINA (7)
The Charlotte Observer (G): 231,369
The News & Observer (Raleigh) (G): 173,329
News & Record (Greensboro) (G): 113,675
Asheville Citizen Times: 55,982
Star-News (Wilmington) (G): 54,231
The Daily Reflector (Greenville): 25,777
The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City): 10,514

NORTH DAKOTA (2)
Grand Forks Herald (G): 32,385
The Bismarck Tribune: 27,111

OHIO (4)
Dayton Daily News (G): 183,175
The Blade (Toledo) (G): 139,293
Akron Beacon Journal (G): 139,220
Times Recorder (Zanesville): 21,329

OREGON (7)
The Oregonian (Portland) (B): 342,040
The Register-Guard (Eugene) (G): 72,411
Statesman Journal (Salem): 56,298
Mail Tribune (Medford): 35,524
The World (Coos Bay): 12,711
East Oregonian (Pendleton): 10,236
The Daily Astorian (Astoria): 8,429

PENNSYLVANIA (12)
The Philadelphia Inquirer (G): 387,692
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (G): 245,065
The Philadelphia Daily News (G): 139,983
The Morning Call (Allentown) (B): 131,110
The Bucks County Courier Times (G): 67,722
Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre): 44,639
The Doylestown Intelligencer: 43,053
Beaver County Times (G): 41,950
Observer-Reporter (Washington) (B): 34,643
The Citizens’ Voice (G): 33,343
Herald-Standard (Uniontown) (B): 28,453
Centre Daily Times (State College): 25,354

SOUTH CAROLINA (2)
The Sun News (Myrtle Beach) (G): 60,931
Anderson Independent-Mail: 43,248

TENNESSEE (3)
The Tennessean (Nashville) (G): 205,158
The Commercial-Appeal (Memphis) (B): 189,961
The Jackson Sun (G): 35,561

TEXAS (5)
Corpus Christi Caller-Times (B): 60,537
Waco Tribune-Herald: 40,699
Longview News-Journal: 29,509
The Lufkin Daily News: 14,608
The Baytown Sun: 11,374

VERMONT (4)
The Burlington Free Press: 47,278
Rutland Herald (G): 21,125
The Times Argus (Barre-Montpelier): 12,178
Bennington Banner (N): 7,898

VIRGINIA (3)
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (G): 201,473
The Roanoke Times: 100,447
Daily Press (Newport News): 95,228

WASHINGTON (8)
The Seattle Times (B): 237,303
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (G): 150,901
The News Tribune (Tacoma) (G): 128,748
The Herald (Everett) (G): 50,998
Tri-City Herald (Kennewick) (B): 42,285
The Olympian (Olympia) (G): 34,482
The Sun (Bremerton) (B): 30,731
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (B): 14,275

WEST VIRGINIA (2)
Charleston Gazette (G): 49,529
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (G): 31,423

WISCONSIN (8)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 244,893
La Crosse Tribune (B): 34,283
The Journal Times (Racine) (G): 29,264
Kenosha News: 26,665
The Sheboygan Press (G): 25,665
The Wausau Daily Herald (B): 22,757
The Capital Times (Madison) (G): 19,410
The Green Bay News-Chronicle: 7,100



GEORGE W. BUSH
189 newspapers total
14,417,003 daily circulation


ALABAMA (5)
Birmingham News (B): 153,195
Mobile Register (B): 100,244
Times Daily (Florence): 30,796
The Gadsden Times (B): 22,753
Birmingham Post-Herald (B): 8,946

ARIZONA (1)
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (B): 466,926

ARKANSAS (2)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) (B): 187,601
Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith) (B): 37,636

CALIFORNIA (15)
The San Diego Union-Tribune (B): 361,317
The Press-Enterprise (Riverside) (B): 191,802
Press-Telegram (Long Beach) (B): 96,466
San Bernardino Sun: 73,323
The Bakersfield Californian (B): 71,495
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (B): 65,202
The Record (Stockton) (B): 62,139
The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) (B): 58,527
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (B): 48,920
Tri-Valley Herald (Pleasanton) (B): 43,652
Record Searchlight (Redding) (B): 40,208
Pasadena Star-News (B): 35,181
Chico Enterprise-Record (B): 33,354
The Reporter (Vacaville) (B): 18,227
Whittier Daily News: 17,330

COLORADO (7)
The Denver Post (G): 286,197
Rocky Mountain News (Denver) (B): 286,004
The Pueblo Chieftain: 52,208
The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction): 29,975
Daily Times-Call (Longmont): 21,465
Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald: 17,548
Daily Record (Canon City): 8,164

CONNECTICUT (4)
The Hartford Courant (B): 187,394
New Haven Register (B): 92,022
Connecticut Post (Bridgeport) (B): 76,133
The Register Citizen (Torrington): 8,245

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (1)
The Washington Times (B): 100,228

FLORIDA (4)
The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) (B): 230,094
Naples Daily News: 81,363
The Ledger (Lakeland) (B): 75,539
Ocala Star-Banner: 51,489

GEORGIA (4)
Augusta Chronicle (B): 71,724
Savannah Morning News (B): 57,288
Athens Banner-Herald: 30,563
The Albany Herald: 26,179

IDAHO (2)
The Times-News (Twin Falls) (B): 23,012
Coeur d’Alene Press: 16,303

ILLINOIS (9)
Chicago Tribune (B): 578,843
Journal Star (Peoria) (B): 77,690
Springfield State Journal-Register (B): 57,212
The Pantagraph (Bloomington) (B): 47,931
The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana): 39,190
The Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake): 37,452
Herald & Review (Decatur) (B): 35,233
Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale): 28,173
The Journal-Standard (Freeport): 13,693

INDIANA (3)
The Indianapolis Star (B): 253,778
Evansville Courier & Press: 69,003
Palladium-Item (Richmond): 18,241

IOWA (3)
The Gazette (Cedar Rapids) (B): 63,578
Sioux City Journal: 41,929
Globe-Gazette (Mason City): 18,947

KANSAS (1)
The Wichita Eagle: 90,835

KENTUCKY (4)
Daily News (Bowling Green) (B): 21,555
The Daily Independent (Ashland): 19,600
Glasgow Daily Times: 9,836
The Ledger Independent (Maysville): 8,755

LOUISIANA (2)
The Advertiser (Lafayette) (B): 46,361
The Town Talk (Alexandria): 36,321

MAINE (1)
Sun-Journal (Lewiston): 34,278

MARYLAND (1)
Easton Star Democrat: 16,667

MASSACHUSETTS (5)
Boston Herald (B): 248,988
Cape Cod Times (Hyannis): 53,014
The Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence) (B): 51,940
The Sun (Lowell) (B): 50,369
Sentinel & Enterprise: 17,310

MICHIGAN (15)
The Grand Rapids Press (B): 139,216
Kalamazoo Gazette (B): 74,144
The Ann Arbor News (B): 65,708
The Oakland Press (Pontiac): 65,484
The Macomb Daily (Mount Clemens) (G): 43,584
Jackson Citizen Patriot: 34,313
The Herald Palladium (St. Joseph): 23,423
Midland Daily News: 16,076
The Daily Telegram (Adrian): 15,374
The Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton): 10,101
The Daily Press (Escanaba): 9,934
The Daily News (Greenville): 9,220
Daily News (Ludington): 8,492
Sturgis Journal: 6,160
Niles Daily Star: 2,361

MINNESOTA (2)
Saint Paul Pioneer Press: 189,458
The Pioneer (Bemidji): 9,691

MISSISSIPPI (1)
The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson) (G): 110,981

MISSOURI (3)
The Joplin Globe (B): 37,074
Hannibal Courier-Post: 8,592
The Lebanon Daily Record: 4,479

NEBRASKA (3)
Omaha World-Herald (B): 197,627
Lincoln Journal Star (B): 75,679
McCook Daily Gazette: 6,339

NEVADA (2)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (B): 170,061
Elko Daily Free Press: 7,386

NEW HAMPSHIRE (2)
The Union Leader (Manchester) (B): 59,605
Foster’s Daily Democrat (Dover): 22,995

NEW JERSEY (2)
Asbury Park Press (Neptune) (B): 161,937
The Trentonian (Trenton) (B): 42,512

NEW MEXICO (4)
Albuquerque Journal (B): 153,637
Las Cruces Sun-News (B): 22,168
Farmington Daily Times (B): 18,144
Carlsbad Current-Argus (B): 8,030

NEW YORK (4)
Daily News (New York) (G): 802,103
New York Post (B): 678,012
The New York Sun: 53,688
Poughkeepsie Journal: 40,504

NORTH CAROLINA (1)
The Enterprise-Record (Mocksville): 11,800

NORTH DAKOTA (2)
The Forum (Fargo) (B): 52,238
Minot Daily News: 21,273

OHIO (11)
The Columbus Dispatch (B): 371,551
The Cincinnati Enquirer (B): 216,509
The Repository (Canton) (B): 66,014
The News-Herald (Lake County-Willoughby): 45,366
The Cincinnati Post (B): 40,618
News Journal (Mansfield): 32,641
The Times Reporter (New Philadelphia): 23,956
The Courier (Findlay) (B): 22,319
The Advocate (Newark): 22,217
Chillicothe Gazette: 16,018
The Independent (Massillon): 12,932

OKLAHOMA (4)
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (B): 223,403
Tulsa World (B): 139,383
Enid News & Eagle: 18,882
The Shawnee News-Star: 9,834

OREGON (5)
The Bulletin (Bend) (B): 26,695
The News-Review (Roseburg): 19,272
Albany Democrat-Herald (B): 17,786
Daily Courier (Grants Pass): 16,392
Argus Observer (Ontario): 7,367

PENNSYLVANIA (7)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg) (B): 116,362
Erie Times-News (B): 60,771
The Express-Times (Easton): 50,439
York Daily Record (G): 46,554
Altoona Mirror (B): 32,339
Lebanon Daily News: 20,518
The Sentinel (Carlisle): 15,072

RHODE ISLAND (1)
The Providence Journal (B): 234,147

SOUTH CAROLINA (6)
The State (Columbia) (B): 117,595
The Post and Courier (Charleston) (B): 98,793
The Greenville News (B): 91,714
Herald-Journal (Spartanburg) (G): 50,386
The Item (Sumter): 21,990
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg): 18,923

SOUTH DAKOTA (3)
Argus Leader (Sioux Falls) (G): 54,700
The Rapid City Journal (B): 29,565
The Daily Republic (Mitchell): 12,069

TENNESSEE (2)
The Knoxville News-Sentinel (B): 117,528
The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville): 22,057

TEXAS (8)
Houston Chronicle (B): 549,300
The Dallas Morning News (B): 546,177
San Antonio Express-News (B): 252,889
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (B): 247,167
Austin American-Statesman (B): 184,907
El Paso Times: 74,278
Amarillo Globe-News (B): 51,105
The Victoria Advocate: 36,340

UTAH (1)
The Salt Lake Tribune: 135,730

VIRGINIA (7)
Richmond Times-Dispatch (B): 191,732
The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg) (B): 47,866
Bristol Herald-Courier: 39,563
News Advance (Lynchburg): 37,447
Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg): 32,202
Danville Register & Bee: 21,701
The Daily News Leader (Staunton): 21,252

WASHINGTON (6)
The Spokesman-Review (Spokane) (B): 100,760
The Columbian (Vancouver) (B): 51,498
King County Journal (Bellevue): 44,592
Yakima Herald-Republic (B): 38,646
The Daily News (Longview): 22,138
The Chronicle (Centralia): 14,524

WEST VIRGINIA (5)
Charleston Daily Mail (B): 34,539
The Parkersburg News: 23,558
The Intelligencer (Wheeling): 20,689
Bluefield Daily Telegraph: 19,877
The Parkersburg Sentinel: 4,757

WISCONSIN (6)
Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (B): 91,356
The Post-Crescent (Appleton) (G): 54,193
The Janesville Gazette (B): 22,696
Oshkosh Northwestern (B): 21,748
Beloit Daily News (B): 14,193
The Chippewa Herald (Chippewa Falls) (B): 6,804

WYOMING (1)
Star-Tribune (Casper): 33,623

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