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Romney collects 10 endorsements to Obama's 1

Oct. 25, 2012 @ 12:05 AM

CHARLESTON -- A vast majority of West Virginia newspapers are endorsing Republican Mitt Romney for president of the United States as the state's voters head to the polls for the early voting period.

The Charleston Daily Mail and the Moorefield Examiner Wednesday announced their endorsements of Romney for president. At the start of early voting, Romney had the endorsement of 10 West Virginia newspapers. President Barack Obama, the Democrat incumbent, had one endorsement.

Early voting started Wednesday, Oct. 24, in West Virginia, giving the state's residents additional opportunities to cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 general election.

To assist voters in making an informed choice, newspapers around West Virginia offered several additional political endorsements as voters headed to the polls.

Other endorsements announced Wednesday were The Dominion Post of Morgantown and the Moorefield Examiner endorsements of Democrat Incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin for governor. Tomblin had the endorsement of six newspapers, while Republican challenger Bill Maloney had the endorsement of one.

The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg opposed the constitutional amendment that would allow county sheriffs to serve more than two consecutive terms. The Braxton Citizen's News of Sutton had also opposed the amendment.

The West Virginia Press Association sponsored the "Endorsement Week" initiative, which encouraged the state's newspapers to offer endorsements.