CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Only one daily newspaper in the state, The Charleston Gazette, endorsed President Obama for re-election before early voting began Wednesday, the West Virginia Press Association reported this week.
Ten others publicly backed Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney: The Charleston Daily Mail, Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Moorefield Examiner, and six newspapers owned and published by Ogden Newspapers Inc.: the Parkersburg News & Sentinel, Wheeling News-Register, Wheeling Intelligencer, Martinsburg Journal, Elkins Inter-Mountain and Weirton Daily Times
The Gazette also was the sole West Virginia paper to endorse Democrat Darrell McGraw for attorney general, and Democrats Howard Swint and Sue Thorn for seats in Congress.
Conversely, the Charleston Daily Mail was the only newspaper backing Republicans John Raese for U.S. Senate, Bill Maloney for governor and Brian Savilla for secretary of state. Most other papers supported Democrats in those races.
Just one West Virginia paper, the Moorefield Examiner, backed Republican John Yoder for state Supreme Court.A few Mountain State newspapers haven't yet published endorsements as early voting proceeds.