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Whip List: Trump gets Las Vegas, but Clinton dominates newspaper endorsements

Two weeks before Election Day, more than half of the nation's 100 largest newspapers have endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton - and just one has endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Trump broke his winless streak on Saturday, when the Las Vegas Review-Journal compared the Republican nominee to revolutionaries who have upset entrenched orders to bring needed change.

"Mr. Trump represents neither the danger his critics claim nor the magic elixir many of his supporters crave," the Review-Journal wrote. "But he promises to be a source of disruption and discomfort to the privileged, back-scratching political elites for whom the nation's strength and solvency have become subservient to power's pursuit and preservation."

The Review-Journal has the distinction of being the only major newspaper in America owned by a man who contributes millions of dollars to political causes every year. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has donated to super PACs backing Trump, purchased the paper last year.

Trump's only other endorsements have come from the Santa Barbara News-Press and the St. Joseph (Missouri) News-Press. Neither paper is among the 100 largest in the nation by circulation.

Newspaper2016 Endorsement20122008
USA TodayNot TrumpWill not endorseWill not endorse
The Wall Street Journal
The New York TimesClintonObamaObama
Los Angeles TimesClintonObamaObama
New York Post RomneyMcCain
The Mercury NewsClinton ObamaObama
New York Daily NewsClintonRomneyObama
The Chicago TribuneJohnsonObamaObama
NewsdayClintonRomneyObama
The Washington PostClinton ObamaObama
Chicago Sun-TimesClintonNoneObama
The Dallas Morning NewsClintonRomneyMcCain
The Denver PostClinton ObamaObama
Los Angeles Daily News RomneyObama
Orange County Register
Houston ChronicleClintonRomneyObama
The Philadelphia Inquirer ObamaObama
Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)ClintonObamaObama
Tampa Bay TimesClintonObamaObama
The Star-Ledger (Newark)Clinton ObamaObama
Honolulu Star AdvertiserClinton ObamaObama
The Boston GlobeClintonObamaObama
The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionNo endorsementNoneObama
The Arizona RepublicClintonRomneyMcCain
The Seattle TimesClintonObamaObama
Las Vegas Review-JournalTrump RomneyMcCain
The OregonianNo endorsementNoneObama
The San Diego Union-TribuneClintonRomneyMcCain
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)Clinton ObamaObama
San Francisco ChronicleClintonObamaObama
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review RomneyMcCain
St. Paul Pioneer Press NoneNone
Detroit Free Press ObamaObama
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel NoneObama
The Sacramento BeeClinton ObamaObama
The Tampa Tribune RomneyMcCain
Fort Worth Star-Telegram RomneyObama
The Kansas City StarClintonObamaObama
St. Louis Post-DispatchClinton ObamaObama
The Salt Lake TribuneClintonObamaObama
Investor's Business Daily RomneyMcCain
The Baltimore SunClintonObamaObama
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ObamaObama
Orlando SentinelClintonRomneyObama
Sun-Sentinel (South Florida)ClintonRomneyObama
The Record (Bergen County, N.J.)Clinton ObamaNone
The Indianapolis Star NoneSplit
Arkansas Democrat-GazetteNone of the above RomneyMcCain
The Buffalo News ObamaObama
The Columbus DispatchClinton RomneyMcCain
Austin American-Statesman Obama
San Antonio Express-NewsClintonObamaMcCain
Miami HeraldClintonObamaObama
The Charlotte ObserverClintonObamaObama
Omaha World-HeraldClintonRomneyMcCain
The Courier-Journal (Louisville)ClintonObamaObama
The Virginian-Pilot
Hartford CourantClinton ObamaObama
The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) RomneyMcCain
The Cincinnati EnquirerClintonRomneyMcCain
The News & Observer (Raleigh)ClintonObamaObama
The OklahomanNone of the aboveRomneyMcCain
The Detroit NewsJohnsonRomneyMcCain
The Providence JournalClintonObamaObama
Deseret News (Utah)Not Trump
The Advocate (Louisiana)
Richmond Times-DispatchJohnsonRomneyMcCain
Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester)ClintonObamaObama
The Fresno BeeClinton ObamaObama
The Blade (Toledo) ObamaObama
Dayton Daily News Obama
The TennesseanNone of the aboveRomneyObama
Tulsa WorldNone of the aboveRomneyMcCain
Arlington Heights Daily HeraldClinton RomneyObama
Asbury Park PressClinton ObamaObama
The Des Moines RegisterClintonRomneyObama
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)Clinton
Boston Herald RomneyMcCain
The Palm Beach Post NoneObama
The Times of Northwest Indiana RomneyMcCain
Albuquerque Journal RomneyMcCain
Florida Times-Union RomneyNone
Wisconsin State JournalClintonRomneyNone
Arizona Daily StarClinton ObamaObama
The Post & Courier (Charleston)
The News Journal (Wilmington) ObamaObama
Akron Beacon JournalClintonObamaObama
LNP (Lancaster, Pa.)
Worcester Telegram & Gazette RomneyObama
Lexington Herald-LeaderClintonObamaObama
El Paso TimesClintonObamaMcCain
Knoxville News Sentinel Obama
The Morning Call (Allentown)
Rockford Register StarClinton ObamaObama
New Haven Register ObamaObama
The News Tribune (Tacoma)Clinton ObamaObama
Chattanooga Times Free PressNone of the above
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)Clinton NoneObama
Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.) RomneyObama
Long Beach Press-Telegram RomneyObama

This weekend, five major papers urged readers to vote for Clinton, including two that endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney four years ago.

One of those papers, the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., noted the disparity between Clinton and Trump, in the eyes of the nation's editorial writers. The conservative paper based in the Chicago suburbs said it had expected to back the Republican candidate, assuming that candidate was someone such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) or Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

"In endorsing Clinton, we're not the only newspaper to repudiate Donald Trump. In fact, every major newspaper in the country has done so. The virtual universality of editorial board opposition to him is unprecedented, from perspectives across the nation of every ideological bent, from East Coast to West Coast and everywhere in between," the paper's editorial board wrote.

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has won endorsements from three papers. USA Today, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Deseret News of Utah, which has never before endorsed in a presidential race, have urged readers to vote against Trump.

"Should his mouth, so unfettered by reason or humility, be loosed on the world with the power of the Oval Office behind it, we could hardly blame friendly nations for withholding trust or unfriendly ones for raising their guard," the Star-Telegram wrote of Trump this weekend.

The San Jose Mercury News, Newsday, the Rockford Register Star and the Tacoma News Tribune also backed Clinton this weekend.

The Nashville Tennessean, which backed President Obama in 2008 and Romney in 2012, became the latest paper to break precedent by declining to endorse a specific candidate. Instead, Tennessean columnists made cases for both candidates in separate columns.

The ratio of newspaper editorial boards that have endorsed Clinton over Trump is unprecedented in the history of modern presidential elections. Editorial endorsements are more lopsided than any year including 1972, when more than 90 percent of newspaper editorial boards backed Richard Nixon for re-election over Democratic nominee George McGovern.

Read more from The Hill:

Gary Johnson getting more paper endorsements than Trump

Updated Oct. 23 at 9:14 p.m.

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