October 21, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Two weeks and counting: Crisscrossing contested states.

With two weeks to go until the presidential election, pivotal states are getting additional attention from the campaigns. And the campaigning is drawing the attention of the front page.

Colorado: Sarah Palin campaigned in the state Monday and labeled “Obama a socialist,” the Fort Collins Coloradoan said. The Rocky Mountain News, which is not endorsing a candidate for president, pictured the vice presidential candidate and said, “Fight to the finish.”

Florida: The South Florida Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale mapped the travels of the candidates and their surrogates in the Sunshine State: “For now, they all just love Florida.” Hillary Clinton appeared with Barack Obama, who called for “’Jobs, Baby, Jobs,’” said the Orlando Sentinel, which has endorsed Obama. The Tampa Tribune, which endorsed John McCain, pictured Obama with members of the Tampa Bay Rays, who introduced him at a rally.

Missouri: “Vote seekers blitz tossed-up state,” said the Springfield News-Leader, which is endorsing state and local candidates but not a candidate in the presidential race. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch called it “Marching Across Missouri” and noted that McCain was Monday’s visitor. It has endorsed Obama.

Pennsylvania: “McCain is pulling out all the stops in Pa.,” said The Philadelphia Inquirer, which has endorsed Obama. But the bigger focus in some places is the World Series-bound Phillies.

Meanwhile, The Honolulu Advertiser reported that Obama is returning to Hawaii Thursday to visit his grandmother, who is ill.

Early voting got under way in many places. “First day totals for early voting reach new heights across area,” said the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, which has endorsed Obama. “Early voting center opens in Fargo/Auditor predicts more than 4,000 to use site during the next 2 weeks,” said The Forum, which endorsed McCain.

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk noted heightened emotions about the election and reported, “Some cities to tighten Election Day security.”

Wasted in Wisconsin: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is examining alcohol use in the Badger State in a five-part series that includes 72 profiles of victims of drunken driving. Today’s package outlined the tab for one drunken driver’s 10 offenses. The newspaper’s Web site includes an interactive graphic and a chat about the state’s drinking culture.

Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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