Chronicle Hops On The Obama Bandwagon

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Eyebrows were raised all around Houston -- really!! We saw one!! -- when the

Houston Chronicle

endorsed Barack Obama for president, their first Democratic-presidential endorsement since LBJ (What, Dukakis didn't excite them?)

Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith predicted that all five of the state's top dailies would endorse Obama. He was wrong, but there were a few surprises:

The Dallas Morning News endorsed McCain. They called him a "maverick."

Wait, we guess that isn't really a surprise. But the Austin American-Statesman, which also doesn't endorse a lot of Dems for president, endorsed Obama.

As did the Bryan-College Station Eagle, which isn't one of the state's largest dailies, unless you rank the papers in terms of how many outraged canceled subscriptions they're receiving today.

The San Antonio Express-News came out for McCain, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram boldly chose not to make a choice in the race. (Although they are a strong "For" when it comes to Arlington's Proposition 3, which calls for $500,000 to expand the East Arlington Branch Library.)

A full list of newspaper endorsements nationwide is kept by Editor & Publisher here.

They had this to say:

In a real shocker, two solid Bush papers in 2004, the Houston Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman, also came out for Obama today. So did the more traditionally Democratic the News & Observer in Raleigh and the Orlando Sentinel, both in key battleground states.

As always, take these endorsements for what they're worth.

-- Richard Connelly

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