(CNN) - With the first votes of the 2008 campaign cycle just days away, several papers in the key early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire weighed in with their presidential picks Sunday.
In the Hawkeye State, Hillary Clinton won the backing of the Quad City Times – which, among other factors affecting their decision, cited the fact that she “very publicly stood up for her own marriage.”
Both McCain and Clinton were endorsed last weekend by the Des Moines Register, the state’s largest paper.
McCain’s Republican rival Mitt Romney was endorsed by Iowa’s Sioux City Journal, which praised his “ability to reach across partisan divides …. In terms of leadership qualities, he possesses ‘it,’” said the paper, “and the importance of ‘it’ should not be diminished.”
Obama was also endorsed by New Hampshire’s Nashua Telegraph. “There's plenty of experience in Washington,” said the paper. “What's lacking is authenticity, transparency and courtesy. … Obama can provide that leadership, and deserves the support of New Hampshire Democrats.”
The paper will announce its Republican pick next Sunday.