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Newspaper endorsements in the United States presidential primaries, 2012

Newspapers in the United States have traditionally endorsed candidates for party nomination prior to their final endorsements for President. Below is the list of endorsements in 2012, by candidate, for each primary race.


Barack Obama

President Barack Obama had no significant opposition in his campaign for renomination in 2012. However, the following newspapers specifically endorsed him for the Democratic nomination:
Newspaper State
San Antonio Express-News[1] Texas
Kansas City Star[2] Missouri
The Citizen (Laconia)[3] New Hampshire


Newt Gingrich

Newspaper State
New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester)[4] New Hampshire
The Tampa Tribune[5] Florida

Jon Huntsman

Newspaper State
The State (Columbia)[6][7] South Carolina
The Boston Globe[8] Massachusetts
The Citizen (Laconia)[3] New Hampshire
Concord Monitor[9] New Hampshire
The Keene Sentinel[10] New Hampshire
Valley News (White River Junction)[10] Vermont

Ron Paul

Newspaper State (Elizabeth)[11] New Jersey
Independent Florida Alligator (University of Florida)[12] Florida
Littleton Courier[13] New Hampshire
Berlin Reporter (Lancaster)[13] New Hampshire
Coos County Democrat (Lancaster)[13] New Hampshire
The Daily Iowan (University of Iowa)[14] Iowa

Mitt Romney

Newspaper State
San Antonio Express-News[1] Texas
Houston Chronicle[15] Texas
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette[16] Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review[17] Pennsylvania
Hartford Courant[18] Connecticut
The Baltimore Sun[19] Maryland
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel[20] Wisconsin
Journal Star (Peoria)[21] Illinois
Chicago Tribune[22] Illinois
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights)[23] Illinois
The Birmingham News[24] Alabama
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)[25] Ohio
The Cincinnati Enquirer[26] Ohio
The Columbus Dispatch[27] Ohio
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)[28] Arizona
Detroit Free Press[29] Michigan
The Grand Rapids Press[30] Michigan
The Oakland Press (Pontiac)[31] Michigan
The Detroit News[32] Michigan
The Denver Post[33] Colorado
Kansas City Star[2] Missouri
Reno Gazette-Journal[34] Nevada
Las Vegas Review-Journal[35] Nevada
Orlando Sentinel[36] Florida
Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg)[37] Florida
Lakeland Ledger[38] Florida
Pensacola News Journal[39] Florida
The Post and Courier (Charleston)[40] South Carolina
The State (Columbia)[7][41] South Carolina
The Greenville News[42] South Carolina
The Charlotte Observer[43] North Carolina
The Telegraph (Nashua)[44] New Hampshire
Boston Herald[45] Massachusetts
Quad-City Times (Davenport)[46] Iowa
Iowa City Press-Citizen[47] Iowa
The Portsmouth Herald[48] New Hampshire
The Hampton Union[48] New Hampshire
The Exeter News-Letter[48] New Hampshire
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)[49] Oklahoma
Des Moines Register[50] Iowa
The Washington Examiner[51] District of Columbia
Sioux City Journal[52] Iowa

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum was not endorsed by a newspaper.


  1. ^ a b "Romney and Obama top party lists".  
  2. ^ a b "The Star’s recommendations: Romney, Obama are best choices in Missouri primaries".  
  3. ^ a b "Huntsman is the one".  
  4. ^ McQuaid, Joseph W. (2011-11-27). "An Editorial: For President, Newt Gingrich".  
  5. ^ "Gingrich in GOP primary". The Tampa Tribune. 2011-01-29. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Huntsman could bring us back together".  
  7. ^ a b The State first endorsed Jon Huntsman, but endorsed Mitt Romney after Huntsman suspended his campaign before the South Carolina primary.
  8. ^ "For vision and national unity, Huntsman for GOP nominee".  
  9. ^ "Huntsman is the best choice for GOP".  
  10. ^ a b Krasny, Ros (2011-12-18). "Huntsman gets New Hampshire newspaper endorsements". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Endorsement: Ron Paul Deserves GOP Nod For President".  
  12. ^ "We pick Paul: Editorial Board endorses Texas congressman".  
  13. ^ a b c Rapoza, Kenneth (2012-01-04). "Three NH Newspapers Endorse Ron Paul". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Caucus for Ron Paul on Jan. 3".  
  15. ^ "Editorial: Our primary picks".  
  16. ^ "Romney for the GOP: Pennsylvania should set the seal on his nomination".  
  17. ^ "Primary 2012: Nominate Romney".  
  18. ^ "GOP Primary Endorsement: Mitt Romney".  
  19. ^ "For Romney".  
  20. ^ "Romney's pragmatism makes him the best pick".  
  21. ^ "Our View: President, GOP: Romney".  
  22. ^ "Editorial: For the Republicans, Romney".  
  23. ^ "Romney the logical GOP primary choice".  
  24. ^ "Our View: Republicans' best bet for defeating President Barack Obama is Mitt Romney".  
  25. ^ "The Plain Dealer endorses Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination: editorial".  
  26. ^ "Enquirer Endorsement: Romney deserves Ohio's support".  
  27. ^ "Endorsements recapped".  
  28. ^ "Romney right for these times".  
  29. ^ "Free Press endorsement: Mitt Romney is best -- but we urge him to recapture collaborative spirit".  
  30. ^ "Grand Rapids editorial: Why Mitt Romney rises to the top of Republican field (with poll)".  
  31. ^ "Editorial: Romney best suited to compete with Obama".  
  32. ^ "Detroit News endorsement: Mitt Romney for Michigan GOP primary".  
  33. ^ "Editorial Endorsement: Mitt Romney right for Colorado Republicans".  
  34. ^ "RGJ Endorsement: Romney is the best choice for the GOP nomination".  
  35. ^ "Romney stands out in GOP field".  
  36. ^ "Romney is GOP's best candidate, best bet".  
  37. ^ "Romney for Republicans".  
  38. ^ "The Ledger Recommends - Fla. Republican Presidential Primary: Mitt Romney".  
  39. ^ "For the GOP nomination: Mitt Romney".  
  40. ^ "Vote for Romney on Saturday".  
  41. ^ "Editorial: Romney has capacity to build bridges".  
  42. ^ "Editorial Endorsement: Romney best choice for Republicans".  
  43. ^ "Romney has what S.C. Republicans are looking for".  
  44. ^ "Romney our choice for GOP nomination".  
  45. ^ "Endorsement: Nation needs Romney".  
  46. ^ "Endorsement: Romney stands alone".  
  47. ^ "Our View: Romney best choice for nation's chief executive".  
  48. ^ a b c "Economic smarts make Romney best of GOP field". 2012-01-18. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  49. ^ "The Oklahoman endorsement: Mitt Romney is best man to restore nation's greatness".  
  50. ^ "The Des Moines Register’s GOP caucus endorsement: Mitt Romney is best to lead".  
  51. ^ "Editorial: Romney is GOP's best choice".  
  52. ^ "Our Opinion: Mitt Romney stands out as best choice".  
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