Only 6 major US newspapers have endorsed Trump for reelection
Donald Trumphas received only six endorsementsfrom major newspapers for his reelection, as of Nov 2.
- Meanwhile, more than 40
newsoutlets have endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
- Newspaper endorsements have historically helped undecided voters choose a candidate.
Only six major American newspapers have endorsed President Donald Trump for reelection, far below the dozens of publications that have announced their support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.The major outlets in favor of Trump are the Las Vegas Review-Journal, New York Post, Colorado Springs Gazette, The Spokesman Review, Boston Herald and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"Donald Trump is a bully and a bigot," The Spokesman Review's editorial board wrote in their 2020 endorsement. "We recommend voting for him anyway because the policies that Joe Biden and his progressive supporters would impose on the nation would be worse."The University of California Santa Barbara tracks major newspaper endorsements, which it defines as the largest 100 newspapers by circulation. UCSB's American Presidency Project also cited an editorial by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette as a Trump endorsement, but its publisher told Insider that the paper declined to explicitly endorse either candidate.
Nonetheless, the editorial raised many questions about Biden and offered reasons to support Trump. It concludes: "If Biden wins and the Democrats take the Senate and end the filibuster rule--and along with a Democratic House pass much of the radical far left agenda--will Biden really veto it? We doubt it. A vote for Trump instead of Biden might be the best check on that becoming a reality in America."Trump's lack of major newspaper endorsements is in line with his 2016 campaign, which was an unprecedented low for a major party nominee. An overwhelming chunk of newspapers backed Clinton. By this stage in the election cycle, most voters have already made up their mind on who they'll tick at the ballot box. Whether newspaper endorsements impact electoral outcomes remains up for debate, but they've typically been made to help nudge those who are still undecided toward a candidate. Historically, newspapers tended to favor Republican nominees, though in recent decades the numbers have balanced out.
Though most editorial boards have already stood by Biden, who's gained more than 40 major endorsements thus far. His support comes from a slew of major city newspapers as well as national outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
Correction: A previous version of this article said that the Arkansas Democrat Gazette endorsed President Donald Trump. Its editorial cited many reasons to support Trump and oppose Biden, but it did not endorse the president.
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