Obama Leads McCain in Newspaper Endorsements

By Shailagh Murray
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Sen. Barack Obama has opened up a massive lead over Sen. John McCain in newspaper endorsements.

According to the Democratic Web site DemConWatch, Obama has secured support from 55 editorial boards, including from 10 newspapers that backed President Bush in 2004. One big coup: the Chicago Tribune, which has never endorsed a Democrat for president.

Obama’s hometown paper compared him to Abraham Lincoln and reassured voters around the country that his promise was real.

“Many Americans say they’re uneasy about Obama. He’s pretty new to them,” the Tribune wrote. “We can provide some assurance. We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.”

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