Throughout the modern political era, the most widely read newspapers in important states all around the United States have overwhelmingly supported Democrats during election years.
According to a review of prominent newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and even papers in some areas with a tendency toward conservatism, the majority of publications’ endorsements for the positions of president, governor, and senator skewed Democratic.
Fox News Digital examined governor and Senate endorsements from 2012 as well as presidential endorsements from newspapers going back to 1992.
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From 1992 until 2020, The New York Times and The Washington Post both exclusively supported the Democratic candidate for president. With the exception of Gov. Larry Hogan for Maryland in 2018, the Post has primarily supported Democrats for the Senate and governor since 2012.
The New York Times seems to avoid endorsing candidates in general elections, opting to do so in the primaries. The Times supported Democrats Chuck Schumer for Senate in 2016 and Andrew Cuomo for governor in the most recent general elections.
Since 2012, the Philadelphia Inquirer has exclusively supported Democratic candidates for governor and senator, as well as president from 1992 until 2020. The newspaper recently supported Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman against Republican challenger Dr. Mehmet Oz.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has supported the Democratic nominee for president every other year since 1992, including Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden, with the exception of 2000, when it endorsed George W. Bush. Since 2012, the newspaper has only supported two Republicans: Rob Portman for the Senate in 2016 and John Kasich for governor in 2014.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has historically served as a conservative newspaper in Nevada. Since 1992, the newspaper has consistently supported the Republican nominee for president, and since 2012, it has done the same for Republican candidates for governor and senator.
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In their first endorsement in 2016, USA Today simply stated, “Not Trump,” as opposed to endorsing a specific candidate. In 2020, USA Today will support Biden.
paper published in North Carolina Since 1992, the Charlotte Observer has consistently supported the Democratic candidate, with the exception of 2020, when the paper chose not to do so. With the exception of 2012, when it endorsed Republican Pat McCrory for governor, the paper has also only supported Democrats for Senate and governor.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel made the decision in 2022 to forgo midterm election endorsements. In the past, the paper has consistently supported the Democratic candidate for president, with the exception of 1992, when they supported Bush, and 2012, when they supported Romney. Only Democrats running for governor and the Senate have received endorsements going back to 2012.
The Los Angeles Times started endorsing presidential candidates on the West Coast in 2008 and has since only supported Democratic contenders. Since 2012, the newspaper has only supported Democratic candidates for governor and the Senate.
From 1992 to 2004, the Chicago Tribune supported Republican presidential candidates. Since then, the newspaper has undergone a significant political transformation, now only favoring Democrats with the exception of 2016, when it supported Gary Johnson, a libertarian running for president. However, there is a general preference for Republicans in the governorship and Democrats in the Senate, whereas support for the Senate and governor is more evenly distributed.
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From 1992 to 2004, The Houston Chronicle supported the Republican presidential nominee. The newspaper initially supported Obama in 2008 before switching to Romney in 2012. The newspaper supported Biden in 2020 and Clinton in 2016. The Chronicle frequently favors Democratic endorsements in the U.S. Senate and for governor, but it did so for Republican Senator John Cornyn in 2014 and Republican Governor Greg Abbott in 2018.
With the exception of 2004 and 2020, when they decided not to support a candidate for president, The Denver Post has only supported Democrats up in the High Plains since 1992. With the exception of 2014, when it backed Republican Senator Cory Gardner, the publication has only ever supported Democrats for the Senate and the governorship. This endorsement was eventually withdrawn, though, because Gardner had sided with Donald Trump when he was still a candidate.
From 1992 until 2012, The Arizona Republic supported the Republican candidate. The newspaper supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, but did not support a candidate in 2020. For the first time in 18 years, the newspaper endorsed a Democrat for the Senate when it did so for Kyrsten Sinema in 2018. Since 2012, the newspaper has only supported Republican governors. As January 2020, The Arizona Republic no longer accepts endorsements.