Clinton winning race for Texas newspaper endorsements by a lot

Among the editorial boards of the top 40 newspapers in Texas, only two have endorsed Donald Trump for president.

 Graphic by Todd Wiseman

*This story has been updated.

While recent polls suggest Republican Donald Trump is just a few points ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton among Texas voters, the presidential race is far more lopsided among the state's leading newspapers.

Among the editorial boards of the top 40 newspapers across the state, two Texas papers — the Waxahachie Daily Light and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal — have endorsed Trump. On Oct. 17, the Waxahachie paper, which has a circulation of less than 5,000, endorsed Trump, writing that “any other choice for President of the United States would be an irresponsible and dangerous one.”

On Nov. 6, the editorial board at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal rallied behind Trump as well, giving the Republican presidential nominee the biggest newspaper endorsement in Texas yet just two days before the general election.

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“Trump is serious about his love for this country and his ability to lead. That became clear when he made the solid choice in Mike Pence as his running mate and when he listed several impressive conservative judges as possibilities for the Supreme Court,” the Avalanche-Journal's editorial board wrote.

Meanwhile, several of the state's largest papers — including the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and San Antonio-Express News — have endorsed Clinton. The Dallas Morning News endorsement drew national attention as the newspaper's editorial board noted it had not endorsed a Democrat for president in more than 75 years.

“We've been critical of Clinton's handling of certain issues in the past,” the Dallas Morning News’ editorial board wrote. “But unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has experience in actual governance, a record of service and a willingness to delve into real policy. Resume vs. resume, judgment vs. judgment, this election is no contest.” 

Several other Texas papers, including the Austin American-Statesman and the San Angelo Standard-Times, have said they will not endorse in this year's presidential race.

On Friday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s editorial board took the unusual stance of recommending voters reject Trump but abstaining from endorsing any of his opponents.

Presidential endorsements from a sampling of Texas newspapers
NewspaperEndorsement
Abilene Reporter-News Will not endorse
Austin American-Statesman Will not endorse
Beaumont Enterprise Clinton
Corpus Christi Caller-Times Clinton
Dallas Morning News Clinton
The Eagle (Bryan-College Station) Clinton
El Paso Times Clinton
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Anyone but Trump
Galveston Daily News Clinton
Houston Chronicle Clinton
Longview News-Journal Will not endorse
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Trump
Midland Reporter-Telegram Will not endorse
San Angelo Standard-Times Will not endorse
San Antonio Express-News Clinton
Tyler Morning Telegraph Will not endorse
Waco Tribune-Herald Will not endorse
Waxahachie Daily Light Trump

“Many of his followers say they like Trump because he makes no attempt to be ‘politically correct,’” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s editorial board wrote. "In a troubled world, a troubled economy and a nation that needs sound domestic policy, Trump is not correct for anything.”

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Despite strong editorial board support for Clinton over Trump, that has not translated to such uniform support of Democrats down-ballot. Both editorial boards at the San Antonio Express-News and the El Paso Times endorsed the re-election of U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio. Hurd's heated rematch against Democrat Pete Gallego has emerged as the state’s most contested congressional race.

Nationwide, over 150 newspaper editorial boards have endorsed Clinton, Business Insider reports. On Sunday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial page endorsed Trump, the largest newspaper to do so.  

Editor's note: This story, originally published on Oct. 25, has been updated to add the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Nov. 6 endorsement of Donald Trump.

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