Newspaper endorsements roll in for Obama, Romney

(CNN) - With nine days to go until Election Day, more newspapers are throwing their support behind either President Barack Obama or Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the race for the White House.

While a few papers have switched parties from their pick in the last election - like Iowa's largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, which flipped to Romney on Saturday - many of the endorsements announced Sunday follow partisan suit with the paper's last presidential endorsement.

In battleground Ohio, Obama picked up the endorsement of The Blade in Toledo, whose editorial board also picked him in 2008.

In neighboring Pennsylvania, Obama received the endorsement of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as he did in 2008.

"In ordinary times," the editorial board wrote, "the remedy might be to scrap the Democratic administration and vote in Mr. Romney's Republican alternative." But, the paper argues, these are "extraordinary times," and Americans need a candidate "whose heart - unlike his challenger - has not wavered nor his principles changed."

Obama also picked up a recommendation on Sunday from a newspaper in the heart of the auto bailout, the Detroit Free Press, which listed a series of Obama's accomplishments over the last four years - including the Chrysler and General Motors bailout, the Affordable Care Act, and an improving economy. That editorial board also picked Obama in the last election.

Pennsylvania is generally considered a Democrat-safe state, but Republicans have recently indicated they see the state's 20 electoral votes as in play. The same is true for Michigan, a state with 16 electoral votes that has historically leaned toward Democrats; Republicans have recently suggested a push for support in the state.

Raleigh, North Carolina's News & Observer, Kentucky's Lexington Herald-Leader and Minnesota's Star Tribune chose Obama in 2008 and also picked the president this time around. While Kentucky is a solid Republican bet, North Carolina, once considered a toss-up on CNN's Electoral Map, now leans toward Romney. Minnesota, with 10 electoral votes, leans toward Obama.

For his part, Romney picked up the endorsement of Virginia's Richmond Times-Dispatch, whose conservative editorial board picked Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008. The paper writes that Obama's re-election campaign has rested on "misleading assertions" to dog the Republican challenger.

Romney, the Times-Dispatch wrote, "has succeeded as a family man, governor, entrepreneur, Olympic leader. He is a man of character, a problem-solver, a turnaround specialist. He has earned our enthusiastic endorsement. America needs President Romney."

The GOP nominee also received the support of The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California, which threw its support behind McCain in the last election. California, however, is expected to be in Obama's column on November 6.

Oklahoma City newspaper The Oklahoman, which supported McCain in the last go-around, endorsed Romney on Sunday. The editors wrote that after an intense Republican primary, Romney "goes before all voters as America's best hope to create jobs, cut deficit spending, reduce the national debt, restore American exceptionalism, reform entitlements and achieve North American energy independence."

Finally, a newspaper in Obama's home territory, Illinois, switched its endorsement from "Illinois' favorite son" in 2008 to his Republican rival in 2012. The Daily Herald in suburban Chicago announced Sunday it would back Romney, yearning for the "inspiration" that came with Obama's campaign in 2008.

"Four years later, where is the hope?" the paper wrote. "Where is the confident swagger and leadership to uplift the nation's mood?"

"A moderate Republican Mitt Romney offers a new approach to what we all can embrace - the politics of hope, of working together for the common good," the Illinois paper wrote. "This time, we believe he offers the best hope for all Americans."

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


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