The Oregonian endorsed Bush in 2000, Kerry in 2004. Same story for The Seattle Times. The Seattle Post-Intelligenger has stuck with the Democratic ticket. The Columbian of Vancouver, WA (much smaller than the Oregon and Seattle papers) has stuck with Bush.

Even Bush's hometown paper, the Lone Star Iconoclast, has made the switch to Kerry.

Check your local papers. Let us know who they endorse, and if they switched allegiances. I have yet to hear of any switching from Gore to Bush.


This just in: John F. Kerry popular with editorial writers.

The Democratic presidential nominee has jumped out to an early lead in the race for newspaper endorsements, especially from those in the all-important swing states.

Kerry has won the support of nine papers in closely contested states, while four are backing President Bush. Both of Philadelphia's major newspapers -- the Inquirer and the Daily News -- have endorsed Kerry. So has the Oregonian, which backed Bush in 2000. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Detroit Free Press, the Daily Star in Tucson, the Portland Press Herald in Maine and both of the big papers in Seattle -- the Times and the Post-Intelligencer -- have announced their support for Kerry.

Bush, meanwhile, has won endorsements from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Columbian in Vancouver, Wash., the Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado and the Courier in Findlay, Ohio. Most of the rest of his endorsements, according to an ongoing survey by the trade publication Editor & Publisher, have come from smaller papers in uncontested states. Among them: the Tulsa World; the Sun in Lowell, Mass.; Alabama's Mobile Register; and the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.

Overall, nationwide, Kerry is up 11 papers to eight. Or, if you want to measure in terms of circulation, he's winning 2,534,377 to 637,187.