'We recommend': Who newspapers are endorsing for state and federal races (and their recommendations on state ballot measures)

By Peninsula Daily News staff

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SEATTLE — Many daily newspapers have a long tradition of recommending candidates for political offices to their readers.

These endorsements are offered as more information to voters as they do their own research and make up their own minds about which candidates and ballot measures to vote for.

Washington is a diverse state, with a lot of disagreement among voters, especially between those living in the urban and rural areas.

Newspapers throughout the state often make different recommendations. And some newspapers, like the Peninsula Daily News, do not make endorsements.

So far, four papers, including The Seattle Times, have recommended voters re-elect President Barack Obama, while three think it's time for a change and are recommending Mitt Romney.

On the governor's race, however, 11 of the 12 daily newspapers that have endorsed so far recommend Rob McKenna, Washington's current state attorney general.

There's also similar strong support for Referendum 74, allowing same sex marriage.

Eleven of 12 papers support it, while The Daily News of Longview does not.

Some newspaper recommendations are continuing to be rolled out, but The Seattle Times did a table Friday looking at how the endorsements are shaping up so far.

The table lists newspaper recommendations for state and federal office and the state ballot measures.

To see the table, click on http://tinyurl.com/listofendorsements .

The New York Times posted a list of presidential endorsements from the nation's largest newspapers.

To see this list, click on http://tinyurl.com/nytlistofendorsements .

Last modified: October 26. 2012 9:07PM
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