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Dole Winning In Battle for Newspaper Endorsements

October 30, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Republican challenger Bob Dole is winning a solid majority of newspaper endorsements, according to a survey by Editor & Publisher magazine.

Dole had gained the support of 111 daily papers to 65 for Clinton through the third week of October, according to the magazine’s poll. That marked a reversal for Clinton, who won a majority of endorsements in 1992, the year he defeated President Bush in the election.

Libertarian Party candidate Harry Browne has gained one endorsement this year, the only other candidate to be named by survey respondents.

Of the newspapers that responded in the postcard and telephone survey, 166 said they did not plan to endorse anyone. An additional 249 had not yet picked a candidate, the magazine said.

``In keeping with a longstanding trend, more newspapers than ever made no endorsement or had a policy against it,″ the magazine said.

About one-third of the nation’s estimated 1,500 daily newspapers took part in the survey.

The support for Dole among newspapers meant a return to the traditional editorial-page support for Republicans for the White House. Beginning with the magazine’s first survey in 1940, the pattern has been broken only twice _ in 1964 when Lyndon Johnson got more endorsements than Barry Goldwater and in 1992 when more newspapers supported Clinton than Bush.

Dole also came out ahead _ but barely _ when adding up the combined circulations of the endorsing newspapers, 4.7 million to 4.6 million.

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