Newspaper presidential endorsements

By Noah VeltmanRaw data as CSV
Republican
Democrat
Other
None
Split (pre-merger)
Anti-endorsement
Unknown
CirculationParty History
All Papers2016 Endorsers
‘801980‘841984‘881988‘921992‘961996‘002000‘042004‘082008‘122012‘162016
USA Today
Wall Street Journal
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
Chicago Tribune
Washington Post
Arizona Republic
New York Daily News
Houston Chronicle
New York Post
Newsday (New York)
Newark Star-Ledger
Minneapolis Star Trib
Denver Post
Dallas Morning News
Tampa Bay Times
Oregonian
Seattle Times
Philly Inquirer
Orange Cty Register
San Diego Union Trib
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Atlanta Journal-Const
Chicago Sun-Times
Boston Globe
Detroit Free Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press
San Francisco Chron
Kansas City Star
Sacramento Bee
Buffalo News
Arkansas Dem-Gazette
Hartford Courant
Ft Worth Star-Telegram
St. Louis Post-Disp
Orlando Sentinel
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Indianapolis Star
Milwaukee Journ Sent
S Florida Sun-Sent
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Honolulu Star-Advert
San Jose Merc News
Bergen Record
Columbus Dispatch
Charlotte Observer
Las Vegas Rev-Journal
Baltimore Sun
Omaha World-Herald
Louisville Courier-Journ
Cincinnati Enquirer
Richmond Times-Disp
San Antonio Exp-News
New Orleans Times-Pic
Miami Herald
Baton Rouge Advocate
Raleigh News & Obs
Oklahoman
Rochester Dem & Chron
Detroit News
Dayton Daily News
Palm Beach Post
Riverside Press-Ent
Toledo Blade
Des Moines Register
Birmingham News
Tulsa World
Akron Beacon Journal
Grand Rapids Press
Tennessean
Daily Herald (Illinois)
Knoxville News Sent
Austin Am-Statesman
Albuquerque Journal
Memphis Comm Appeal
Allentown Morning Call
Boston Herald
Fresno Bee
Providence Journal
Asbury Park Press
Florida Times-Union
Tacoma News Trib
Wisconsin State Journ
NW Indiana Times
Albany Times Union
Arizona Daily Star
Sarasota Herald-Trib
Charleston Post & Cour
Spokane Spokes-Rev
Syracuse Post-Standard
Salt Lake Tribune
Daytona News-Journ
Chattanooga Times F-P
Wilmington News Journ
Lexington Herald-Ldr
Wichita Eagle
State (Columbia)
Los Angeles Daily News
Modesto Bee
Jackson Clarion-Ledger
Greensboro News & Rec

USA Today

1980
None
1984
None
1988
None
1992
None
1996
None
2000
None
2004
None
2008
None
2012
None
2016
Not Trump

Wall Street Journal

1980
None
1984
None
1988
None
1992
None
1996
None
2000
None
2004
None
2008
None
2012
None
2016
Unknown

New York Times

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Los Angeles Times

1980
None
1984
None
1988
None
1992
None
1996
None
2000
None
2004
None
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Chicago Tribune

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Johnson

Washington Post

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
None
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

2016On July 22, 2016, the Washington Post also published an anti-endorsement of Donald Trump

Arizona Republic

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Reagan
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

New York Daily News

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Houston Chronicle

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

New York Post

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Unknown

Newsday (New York)

1980
None
1984
None
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Newark Star-Ledger

1980
Carter
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Minneapolis Star Tribune

1980
Multiple
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

1980Minneapolis Tribune endorsed Carter; Minneapolis Star published individual endorsements by board members, 4 for Carter, 2 for Anderson

Denver Post

1980
None
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Dallas Morning News

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Tampa Bay Times

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

1980-2008As St. Petersburg Times

Oregonian

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Bush
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
None

Seattle Times

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Bush
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Philadelphia Inquirer

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Orange County Register

1980
None
1984
None
1988
None
1992
None
1996
None
2000
None
2004
None
2008
None
2012
None
2016
None

Notes

1984Have not found explicit confirmation of a non-endorsement in 1984, but their 1980 editorial plus other references indicate that their no-endorsement policy has been consistent
1992Published an editorial asking President Bush not to stand for reelection (don't consider this a true "anti-endorsement" because it doesn't advise any vote for or against)

Sources

1980, 1984Email from Ian Wheeler, Orange County Register Head Librarian
1988Editor & Publisher. Volume 121, Issue 45. Nov 5, 1988. p. 10.
1992"Stand down, Mr. Bush", Aug 2, 1992 edition
1996"None of the above." Orange County Register. Nov 5, 1996. p. B8.
2000"Questions for the candidates." Orange County Register. Oct 11, 2000. p. B10.
2004http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2008_newspaper_endorsements.php
2008, 2012http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2012_newspaper_endorsements.php
2016http://www.ocregister.com/articles/election-734530-accurately-word.html

San Diego Union Tribune

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Notes

1980, 1984San Diego Union and San Diego Tribune both endorsed Reagan
1988San Diego Union and San Diego Tribune both endorsed Bush

Cleveland Plain Dealer

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Bush
2004
None
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

2016Under Northeast Ohio Media Group, which also includes other weekly papers in the Cleveland area (cleveland.com is a shared digital arm)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

1980
Carter
1984
Multiple
1988
Multiple
1992
Multiple
1996
Multiple
2000
Multiple
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Notes

1980Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution both endorsed Carter
1984Atlanta Journal endorsed Reagan, Atlanta Constitution endorsed Mondale
1988Atlanta Journal endorsed Bush, Atlanta Constitution endorsed Dukakis
1992Atlanta Journal endorsed Bush, Atlanta Constitution endorsed Clinton
1996Atlanta Journal endorsed Dole, Atlanta Constitution endorsed Clinton
2000Atlanta Journal endorsed Bush, Atlanta Constitution endorsed Gore

Chicago Sun-Times

1980
Carter
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Bush
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
Clinton

Boston Globe

1980
Anderson
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Detroit Free Press

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

St. Paul Pioneer Press

1980
None
1984
Mondale
1988
None
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
None
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Notes

1988Endorsed both candidates after editorial board split, debatable whether this should be counted as "both" or "none" since it's a single paper

San Francisco Chronicle

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Kansas City Star

1980
Carter
1984
Reagan
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Dole
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

1984Listed as "Kansas City Star-Times"

Sacramento Bee

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

1984, 1992Provided by Dan Morain, Sacramento Bee Editorial Page Editor

Buffalo News

1980
Unknown
1984
Unknown
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

1980
Carter*
1984
Multiple
1988
Multiple
1992
None
1996
None
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
None

Notes

1980Arkansas Gazette endorsed Carter (listed as "Little Rock Arkansas Gazette")
1984Arkansas Democrat endorsed Reagan, Arkansas Gazette endorsed Mondale
1988Arkansas Democrat endorsed Bush, Arkansas Gazette endorsed Dukakis
1992, 1996Published a "non-endorsement" of Clinton; text says they have a tradition of not endorsing presidential candidates but other sources seem to contradict that, they may only be referring to the joint paper

Hartford Courant

1980
Anderson
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
Romney
2016
Not Trump

Notes

1980Listed as "Fort Worth Telegram"
1988Provided by the Fort Worth Library

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Orlando Sentinel

1980
None
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
None
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Indianapolis Star

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
None
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

1980
Multiple
1984
Multiple
1988
Multiple
1992
Multiple
1996
Dole
2000
None
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
Not Trump

Notes

1980Milwaukee Journal endorsed Carter, Milwaukee Sentinel endorsed Reagan
1984Milwaukee Journal endorsed Mondale, Milwaukee Sentinel endorsed Reagan
1988Milwaukee Journal endorsed Dukakis, Milwaukee Sentinel endorsed Bush
1992Milwaukee Journal endorsed Clinton, Milwaukee Sentinel endorsed Bush

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Notes

1980, 1984Listed as "Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel"
1988Listed as "Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel"
1992As Sun Sentinel

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
None

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

1980
Multiple
1984
Reagan*
1988
Dukakis*
1992
Multiple
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Multiple
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

1980Honolulu Star-Bulletin endorsed Reagan, Honolulu Advertiser endorsed Carter
1984Honolulu Star-Bulletin endorsed Reagan
1988Honolulu Star-Bulletin endorsed Dukakis
1992Honolulu Star-Bulletin endorsed Clinton, Honolulu Advertiser did not endorse
1996Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser both endorsed Clinton
2000Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser both endorsed Gore
2004Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser both endorsed Kerry
2008Honolulu Star-Bulletin endorsed Obama, Honolulu Advertiser did not endorse

San Jose Mercury News

1980
Anderson
1984
None
1988
None
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Bergen Record

1980
Unknown
1984
Mondale
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Columbus Dispatch

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Charlotte Observer

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Las Vegas Review-Journal

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Trump

Sources

1980Editor & Publisher. Volume 113, Issue 44. Nov 1, 1980. pp. 9, 11, 13.
1984Editor & Publisher. Volume 117, Issue 44. Nov 3, 1984. pp. 11-12.
1988, 1992Email from John Kerr, Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial Writer
1996"Dole wins... in endorsements." Editor & Publisher. Volume 129, Issue 43. Oct 26, 1996. pp. 10-11.
2000http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/early/archive/early110200.htm
2004http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2008_newspaper_endorsements.php
2008http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/elections/mccain-president
2012http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/president-mitt-romney
2016http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-donald-trump-president

Baltimore Sun

1980
Carter
1984
None
1988
None
1992
None
1996
None
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Omaha World-Herald

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Louisville Courier-Journal

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Cincinnati Enquirer

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Richmond Times-Dispatch

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Johnson

San Antonio Express-News

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

New Orleans Times-Picayune

1980
None
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
None
2000
Bush
2004
None
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
Clinton

Miami Herald

1980
Anderson
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
None
1996
None
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Baton Rouge Advocate

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
None
1996
None
2000
None
2004
None
2008
None
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Notes

1992-2012Advocate stopped endorsing candidates in 1992, has continued that policy since

Sources

1980http://www.upi.com/Archives/1980/10/26/The-New-York-Times-Sunday-endorsed-President-Carter-for/4516341380800/
1984http://www.upi.com/Archives/1984/11/04/Several-US-newspapers-waited-until-the-Sunday-before-Election/7137468392400/
1988Associated Press. "8 La. papers back Bush, 1 for Dukakis." Baton Rouge Advocate. Nov 6, 1988. p. 11A.
1992 - 2012Email from Judy Jumonville, Advocate Library Manager

Raleigh News & Observer

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

1988Provided by Olivia Raney Local History Library in Raleigh, NC

Sources

1980Editor & Publisher. Volume 113, Issue 44. Nov 1, 1980. pp. 9, 11, 13.
1984http://www.upi.com/Archives/1984/11/04/Several-US-newspapers-waited-until-the-Sunday-before-Election/7137468392400/
1988"For president: Dukakis." Raleigh News & Observer. Oct 23, 1988. p. 6D.
1992Editor & Publisher. Volume 125, Issue 43. Oct 24, 1992. pp. 11, 44.
1996"Faith in Clinton." Raleigh News & Observer. Nov 2, 1996. p. A18.
2000https://www.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2008_newspaper_endorsements.php
2008, 2012http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2012_newspaper_endorsements.php
2016http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article106974777.html

Oklahoman

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
None

Notes

2016Endorsed voting for Republican congressional candidates without endorsing a presidential candidate

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

1980
None
1984
Reagan
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

1988Published jointly with Rochester Times-Union

Detroit News

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
None
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Johnson

Dayton Daily News

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Sources

1980Editor & Publisher. Volume 113, Issue 44. Nov 1, 1980. pp. 9, 11, 13.
1984Associated Press. Nov 4, 1984.
1988Associated Press. "Dukakis blasts 'fear and smear'; Bush repudiates Illinois brochures." Louisville Courier-Journal. Oct 23, 1988. p. A11.
1992Editor & Publisher. Volume 125, Issue 43. Oct 24, 1992. pp. 11, 44.
1996https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=19961028&id=P0xWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HOsDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6754,7621074
2000https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/2004/cands/natendorse5.html
2008http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2012_newspaper_endorsements.php
2012http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/why-were-not-endorsing/nSspX/

Palm Beach Post

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Notes

1980, 1984Listed as "West Palm Beach Post"

Sources

1980Editor & Publisher. Volume 113, Issue 44. Nov 1, 1980. pp. 9, 11, 13.
1984Editor & Publisher. Volume 117, Issue 44. Nov 3, 1984. pp. 11-12.
1988"Dukakis for president." Palm Beach Post. Oct. 24, 1988. p. 1F.
1992"Endorsement addendum." Editor & Publisher. Volume 117, Issue 45. Nov 7, 1992, p. 15.
1996http://www.nytimes.com/1996/10/28/us/endorsements-for-president.html
2000https://www.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2008_newspaper_endorsements.php
2008http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2012_newspaper_endorsements.php
2012http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/opinion/the-post-endorses/nSnmQ/

Riverside Press-Enterprise

1980
Unknown
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Unknown

Sources

1984Associated Press. Nov 4, 1984.
1988Editor & Publisher. Volume 121, Issue 44. Oct 29, 1988. pp. 10-11.
1992"Press-Enterprise recommends." Riverside Press-Enterprise. Nov 2, 1992. p. A12.
1996"Clinton, with fingers crossed." Riverside Press-Enterprise. Oct 30, 1996. p. A12.
2000https://www.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2008_newspaper_endorsements.php
2008http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2012_newspaper_endorsements.php
2012http://www.pe.com/articles/romney-666381-obama-economy.html

Toledo Blade

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
None

Des Moines Register

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Birmingham News

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
None
2016
Clinton

Notes

2016Under Alabama Media Group, which also includes the Huntsville Times and Mobile Press-Register (al.com is a shared digital arm)

Sources

1980Editor & Publisher. Volume 113, Issue 44. Nov 1, 1980. pp. 9, 11, 13.
1984Associated Press. Nov 4, 1984.
1988https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1842&dat=19881018&id=AlweAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dsgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1262,2945009
1992Associated Press. "State papers back Bush 2-1." Huntsville Times. Nov 3, 1992. p. B6.
1996Associated Press. "State daily newspapers endorse Dole 10-5." Birmingham News. Nov 5, 1996. p. 4B.
2000http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/early/archive/early110200.htm
2004http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2008_newspaper_endorsements.php
2008, 2012http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2012_newspaper_endorsements.php
2016http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/10/endorsement_hillary_clinton.html

Tulsa World

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
None

Akron Beacon Journal

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

1992Provided by Norma Hill, Akron Beacon Journal Librarian

Grand Rapids Press

1980
Carter
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Notes

2016As MLive editorial board, which covers several other Michigan newspapers too

Tennessean

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Romney
2016
None

Daily Herald (Illinois)

1980
Carter
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
None
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Sources

1980Editor & Publisher. Volume 113, Issue 44. Nov 1, 1980. pp. 9, 11, 13.
1984Confirmed via phone by Jim Slusher, Daily Herald Assistant Managing Editor
1988, 1992http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1992-10-29/news/9204070989_1_endorsement-bill-clinton-president-bush
1996"The Daily Herald's recommendations." Daily Herald. Nov 3 1996. p. 16.
2000https://www.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2008_newspaper_endorsements.php
2008http://prev.dailyherald.com/story/?id=243692
2012http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20121028/discuss/710289939/
2016http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161022/discuss/161029666/

Knoxville News Sentinel

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Notes

1980Confirmed via phone by Knox County Public Library
1992Provided by Knox County Public Library

Sources

1980Knoxville News Sentinel. Oct 6, 1980.
1984Associated Press. Nov 4, 1984.
1988Benac, Nancy. Associated Press. Nov 7, 1988.
1992"Bush learns from mistakes." Knoxville News Sentinel. Oct 11, 1992. p. F2.
1996"Bob Dole best to lead nation." Knoxville News Sentinel. Oct 20, 1996. p. F2.
2000, 2004https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/2004/cands/natendorse5.html
2008, 2012http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2012_newspaper_endorsements.php

Austin American-Statesman

1980
Anderson
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
None

Albuquerque Journal

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
None

Memphis Commercial Appeal

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
Clinton

Allentown Morning Call

1980
Unknown
1984
Unknown
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Bush
2004
Kerry
2008
None
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Boston Herald

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
None

Fresno Bee

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Sources

1980https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19801102&id=W_chAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FKEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4337,407405&hl=en
1984Email from Bill McEwen, Fresno Bee Editorial Page Editor
1988Editor & Publisher. Volume 121, Issue 44. Oct 29, 1988. pp. 10-11.
1992Editor & Publisher. Volume 125, Issue 43. Oct 24, 1992. pp. 11, 44.
1996"The Bee recommends." Fresno Bee. Nov 5, 1996. p. B4.
2000http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/early/archive/early110200.htm
2004http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2008_newspaper_endorsements.php
2008, 2012http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2012_newspaper_endorsements.php
2016http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/editorials/article106756647.html

Providence Journal

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Asbury Park Press

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Florida Times-Union

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
None
2012
Romney
2016
Trump

Notes

1980Listed as "Jacksonville Times Union"
2008Editorial board split

Tacoma News Tribune

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Wisconsin State Journal

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Northwest Indiana Times

1980
Reagan
1984
Mondale
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Kerry
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
None

Notes

1980, 1984, 1988Provided by Patricia Kincaid, Northwest Indiana Times Research Assistant

Albany Times Union

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Sources

1980Editor & Publisher. Volume 113, Issue 44. Nov 1, 1980. pp. 9, 11, 13.
1984Associated Press. Nov 4, 1984.
1988"Bush for President." Albany Times Union. Nov 6, 1988. p. H4.
1992"Clinton for president." Albany Times Union. Nov 1, 1992. p. E4.
1996"Clinton for president." Albany Times Union. Nov 3, 1996. p. E4.
2000https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/2004/cands/natendorse5.html
2008https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/2008/media08/endorsements/endorse08newspgen.html
2012http://blog.timesunion.com/opinion/for-president-barack-obama/22710/
2016http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-opinion/article/Editorial-President-Hillary-Clinton-10422449.php

Arizona Daily Star

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Unknown
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
None

Notes

1980, 1984Provided by the Pima County Public Library
1988Pima County Public Library had no record of an endorsement, may not have made one

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Notes

1980Listed as "Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Journal" (the afternoon Sarasota Journal was published until 1982)

Sources

1980Editor & Publisher. Volume 113, Issue 44. Nov 1, 1980. pp. 9, 11, 13.
1984 - 1992Email from Thomas Tryon, Sarasota Herald-Tribune Opinion Editor
1996"Clinton for president." Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Oct 20, 1996. p. 2F.
2000https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/2004/cands/natendorse5.html
2008http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20081019/president-barack-obama
2012http://www.heraldtribune.com/opinion/20121026/election-recommendations

Charleston Post and Courier

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush*
1992
None
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Johnson

Notes

1980Charleston News and Courier and Charleston Evening Post both endorsed Reagan; provided by the Charleston County Public Library's South Carolina History Room
1984Charleston News and Courier and Charleston Evening Post both endorsed Reagan
1988Charleston Evening Post endorsed Bush; provided by the Charleston County Public Library's South Carolina History Room
1992Provided by the Charleston County Public Library's South Carolina History Room

Sources

1980"Why We Support Mr. Reagan." Charleston News and Courier. Oct 31, 1980. p. 14A. / "For President: Reagan." Charleston Evening Post. Oct 31, 1980. p. 10A.
1984Associated Press. Nov 4, 1984.
1988"The Better Choice." Charleston Evening Post. Nov 4, 1988. p. 10A.
1992"Reservations about them all." Charleston Post and Courier. Nov 1, 1992. p. 18A.
1996"Bob Dole." Charleston Post and Courier. Nov 3, 1996. p. A18.
2000https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2008_newspaper_endorsements.php
2008http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2012_newspaper_endorsements.php
2012http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20121104/PC1002/121109694/1022/elect-mitt-romney-president
2016http://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/a-liberating-presidential-vote-solution/article_8b22f73a-a2bd-11e6-b62a-e3d04d5923e5.html

Spokane Spokesman-Review

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
Romney
2016
Clinton

Notes

1980Listed as "Spokane News-Review"

Sources

1980Editor & Publisher. Volume 113, Issue 44. Nov 1, 1980. pp. 9, 11, 13.
1984, 1996Email from Mary Beth Donelan, Spokesman-Review research administrator
1988Editor & Publisher. Volume 121, Issue 44. Oct 29, 1988. pp. 10-11.
1992Editor & Publisher. Volume 125, Issue 43. Oct 24, 1992. pp. 11, 44.
2000https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/2004/cands/natendorse5.html
2008https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/2008/media08/endorsements/endorse08newspgen.html
2012http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/oct/21/editorial-romney-has-better-shot-at-solving/
2016http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/oct/02/clinton-the-rational-choice-for-president/

Syracuse Post-Standard

1980
Reagan*
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Perot
1996
Clinton
2000
Bush
2004
None
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
Clinton

Notes

1992, 2000As Syracuse Herald American (Sunday)?
2016Under Syracuse Media Group

Salt Lake Tribune

1980
None
1984
None
1988
None
1992
None
1996
None
2000
None
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

2000One source said they endorsed Bush in 2000 but that seems to be incorrect

Daytona Beach News-Journal

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Notes

1980, 1984Before merging in 1986, the Daytona Morning Journal and Daytona Evening News were published separately but with a shared editorial board, endorsements were generally published in the joint Sunday News-Journal

Chattanooga Times Free Press

1980
Multiple
1984
Multiple
1988
Multiple
1992
Multiple
1996
Multiple
2000
Multiple
2004
Multiple
2008
Multiple
2012
Multiple
2016
None*

Notes

1980Chattanooga Times editorial board endorsed Carter, Chattanooga Free Press editorial board endorsed Reagan
1984Chattanooga Times editorial board endorsed Mondale, Chattanooga Free Press editorial board endorsed Reagan
1988Chattanooga Times editorial board endorsed Dukakis, Chattanooga Free Press editorial board endorsed Bush
1992Chattanooga Times editorial board endorsed Clinton, Chattanooga Free Press editorial board endorsed Bush
1996Chattanooga Times editorial board endorsed Clinton, Chattanooga Free Press editorial board endorsed Dole
2000Chattanooga Times editorial board endorsed Gore, Chattanooga Free Press editorial board endorsed Bush
2004Chattanooga Times editorial board endorsed Kerry, Chattanooga Free Press editorial board endorsed Bush
2008Chattanooga Times editorial board endorsed Obama, Chattanooga Free Press editorial board endorsed McCain
2012Chattanooga Times editorial board endorsed Obama, Chattanooga Free Press editorial board endorsed Johnson
2016Chattanooga Free Press editorial board made no endorsement

Sources

1980Editor & Publisher. Volume 113, Issue 44. Nov 1, 1980. pp. 9, 11, 13. / Email from Clint Cooper, Chattanooga Free Press Opinion Page Editor
1984Editor & Publisher. Volume 117, Issue 44. Nov 3, 1984. pp. 11-12. / Email from Clint Cooper, Chattanooga Free Press Opinion Page Editor
1988Editor & Publisher. Volume 121, Issue 44. Oct 29, 1988. pp. 10-11. / Email from Clint Cooper, Chattanooga Free Press Opinion Page Editor
1992Editor & Publisher. Volume 125, Issue 43. Oct 24, 1992. pp. 11, 44. / Email from Clint Cooper, Chattanooga Free Press Opinion Page Editor
1996"Dole wins... in endorsements." Editor & Publisher. Volume 129, Issue 43. Oct 26, 1996. pp. 10-11. / Email from Clint Cooper, Chattanooga Free Press Opinion Page Editor
2000https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/2004/cands/natendorse5.html
2008https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/2008/media08/endorsements/endorse08newspgen.html
2012http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/opinion/freepress/story/2012/oct/24/1024b-fp1-gary-johnson-for-president/91028/ / http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/31/1153065/-Here-is-the-latest-update-on-newspaper-endorsements-for-president
2016http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/opinion/freepress/story/2016/oct/16/cooper-shocking-disappointment/392143/

Wilmington News Journal

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

1984, 1988In combined Sunday News Journal

Sources

1980"For president, Jimmy Carter." Wilmington News Journal. Nov 2, 1980. p. H-2.
1984"Walter Mondale." Wilmington News Journal. Nov 4, 1984. p. H2.
1988"For president." Wilmington News-Journal. Nov 6, 1988. p. J2.
1992"These candidates deserve your support in Tuesday's election." Wilmington News Journal. Nov 1, 1992. p. J2.
1996"Bill Clinton is the best choice to lead the nation." Wilmington Sunday News Journal. Nov 3, 1996. p. C2.
2000https://www.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2008_newspaper_endorsements.php
2008, 2012http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2012_newspaper_endorsements.php
2016http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/11/04/editorial-news-journal-endorses-hillary-clinton-president/93300222/

Lexington Herald-Leader

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Obama
2016
Clinton

Notes

1980Lexington Herald and Lexington Leader both endorsed Reagan
1996Confirmed via email by Lexington Public Library

Wichita Eagle

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
None
2012
None
2016
Unknown

Notes

1988As Wichita Eagle-Beacon

State (Columbia)

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Bush
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Bush
2008
McCain
2012
None
2016
Clinton

Los Angeles Daily News

1980
Unknown
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Unknown
1996
Dole
2000
Bush
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
Romney
2016
Unknown

Modesto Bee

1980
Carter
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
Obama
2012
None
2016
Clinton

Sources

1980Editor & Publisher. Volume 113, Issue 44. Nov 1, 1980. pp. 9, 11, 13.
1984Editor & Publisher. Volume 117, Issue 44. Nov 3, 1984. pp. 11-12.
1988, 1996, 2008Email from Mike Dunbar, Modesto Bee Opinions Page Editor
1992Editor & Publisher. Volume 125, Issue 43. Oct 24, 1992. pp. 11, 44.
2000https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/2004/cands/natendorse5.html
2012http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article24739309.html
2016http://www.modbee.com/opinion/editorials/article108365957.html

Jackson Clarion-Ledger

1980
Reagan
1984
Reagan
1988
Bush
1992
Clinton
1996
Dole
2000
Gore
2004
Bush
2008
Obama
2012
Unknown
2016
Unknown

Sources

1980"Ronald Reagan for president." Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Oct 30, 1980. p. 4B.
1984"Endorsements." Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Nov 4, 1984. p. 4I.
1988Ivory, Bennie. "Endorsements and news coverage don't get mixed." Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Oct 30, 1988. p. H1.
1992"Endorsements." Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Nov 1, 1992. p. 10G.
1996"More papers make endorsements in presidential race." Editor & Publisher. Volume 129, Issue 45. Nov 9, 1996. p. 3.
2000https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/natendorse5.html
2004http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/11/03/us/politics/20081103-endorse-graphic.html?_r=0
2008https://www2.gwu.edu/~action/2008/media08/endorsements/endorse08newspgen.html

Greensboro News & Record

1980
Reagan*
1984
Mondale
1988
Dukakis
1992
Clinton
1996
Clinton
2000
Gore
2004
Kerry
2008
None
2012
None
2016
Clinton

Notes

1980Greensboro Record endorsed Reagan

Sources

1980"For President." Greensboro Record. Oct 30, 1980. p. A6.
1984http://www.upi.com/Archives/1984/11/04/Several-US-newspapers-waited-until-the-Sunday-before-Election/7137468392400/ / "Mondale for president." Greensboro News & Record. Nov 4, 1984. p. E2.
1988https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1988&dat=19881031&id=1GciAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9KwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2442,5574346
1992"Endorsement addendum." Editor & Publisher. Volume 117, Issue 45. Nov 7, 1992, p. 15.
1996"More papers make endorsements in presidential race." Editor & Publisher. Volume 129, Issue 45. Nov 9, 1996. p. 3.
2016http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/our-opinion-clinton-for-president/article_21eb0ff6-9337-5b5f-8c6c-6d90c5009505.html

Data notes

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This information was cobbled together from a variety of sources including news archives, public libraries, newsroom staffers, and some documents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. I've linked to primary sources whenever possible, and included citations whenever the article isn't publicly available.

The ranking of papers by circulation was determined mostly based on SRDS Circulation 2016. It's not meant to be a definitive ranking, just a rough list of the top 100 papers. Check out the repo for more details on this.

I've tried to track relevant mergers as best I can and list both endorsements in pre-merger years. This gets pretty messy. The repo has more details.