AUSTIN - 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, only one — the Waxahachie Daily Light — has endorsed Trump. On Oct. 17, the newspaper, 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.”
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.
|Abilene Reporter-News||Will not endorse|
|Austin American-Statesman||Will not endorse|
|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|
|Longview News-Journal||Will not endorse|
|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.”
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.
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