October 27th, 2008
02:39 PM ET
5 years ago

'Obama Wins!,' newspaper declares

A New Mexico paper has declared Obama the winner.
A New Mexico paper has declared Obama the winner.

SANTA FE, New Mexico (CNN) – For The New Mexico Sun News it is either a major scoop or “Dewey Beats Truman” déjà vu 60 years later.

“Obama Wins!” is the headline of the edition on newsstands now, complete with “special collector’s edition” in red bold typeface.

The Sun News is a bi-monthly newspaper and its Oct 26-Nov 8 issue had to hit the streets, and the newsstands, before the election. So the editors decided to make a leap of faith and declare Democrat Barack Obama the winner.

In an article explaining their choice, the editors unabashedly wrote, “When it comes to calling the winner of a presidential election, everyone wants to be first. The New Mexico Sun News hereby claims that achievement.”

In its tongue-in-cheek style, the article went on to note the newspaper has a goal of reaching one million readers with each edition, but prints just 10,000 copies of each of its issues.

So, “each copy must be read by 100 different and distinct people. This places an enormous burden on our intrepid readers. However, it is a burden that we must insist you carry. So, please, read quickly, care for the physical condition of the paper and pass it on to your next chosen reader.”

The liberal leaning alternative newspaper ended by imploring its readers to get out and vote, “even if we did spoil the ending for you.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (596 Responses)
  1. Stephanie

    COME ON MY AMERICAN PEOPLE LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN, VOTE VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE,VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, OBAMA & BIDEN 2008-2012

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. rich

    And they wonder why readership is down to the lowest levels in history. Liberal paper editors and supposedly unbiased journalists with outright biased reporting without any relevant facts.

    This is despicable and unprofessional and done under the disguise of journalism....an outright O endorsement. (just no guts)

    I hope the socialist taxes the hell out of this paper and all its union members remeber this day in particular when they are out on their tails with no job.

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. zack

    282 Obama to 256 McCain. Mark my word. No landslide but enough.

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. josie maniago

    i knew from the beginning that obama would win. he has all the makings of a leader, just like Bill Clinton ( the best president that we had ever had)

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Mike

    Don't let the Republicans steal this one.

    Get out there and VOTE IN OVERWHELMING, UNQUESTIONABLE NUMBERS!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. SaneTexan

    RE:Let the fun begin- Who do you blame for the last 8 years of turmoil? Rebublicans had control of both Houses and the Oval Office for 6 years? Where did that get this nation? In a endless war and no regulation of the "big boys" on Wall street and big business, loss of jobs, increase in crime, astounding deficit, loss of our honor and dignity... Oh yeah, the Republican's DID give a tax break to the millionaires. Good work. LOL
    Are you blaming the Democrats? Probably. Your party lost it's way and has shamed this country and you want another Republican in office? NOT THIS TIME!!!.

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Mike The Obama Voter

    We still have a week to go, and this is not needed............

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Hope For Change

    No!!!! This was an extremely poor choice in judgment. If this paper truly supports Obama they should've known this could possibly jeopardize his chances. Listen, everyone, no matter who you support...go out and vote! That is all that matters right now.

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Bruce

    Everyone must vote...and every vote must be counted...
    no matter who you support...you must vote..this is perhaps the biggest election in quite awhile...change or stay the course...
    vote

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Carol in Rural Durham Maine

    Too bad that they could not wait. Now Obama will be blamed and McCain will probably say that Obama owns the paper.
    Stupid.

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Spirit of America

    "Dewey Wins" was the headline in 1948, held up by the real winner Harry Truman. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    It ain't over till it's over. VOTE! Obama/Biden '08.

    October 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Lisa Brennan

    Spit over your shoulder and get out to vote obama!!

    October 27, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Mike the Independent from Ohio

    Hey CNN, where is the coverage of the 2001 audio tape where Obama rips on the Supreme Court for not doing enough with wealth distribution. This guy is a pure socialist and has no respect for the constitution. In that same interview he discusses how the Constitution does nothing but tell the government what it can't do. Someone needs to tell Obama that's the purpose of the Constitution, to make sure the government stays out of our lives not run them like he proposes. This guy is real scary, and if elected, this country is in for some harsh times, it will just be funny to see who Obama blames for his failed policies

    October 27, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Jason

    The difference is that Dewey lost to Truman. I'm pretty sure the Sun News got this one right.

    October 27, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. stephen

    half of my income is going to be gone :( and I'm not rich. just look at canada and much of europe – does anyone really think obama, pelosi, reid, dodd, frank, franken – are going to stop until half of our income is taxed away to social programs and hand-outs. i'm thinking of moving to another country. no point in working hard here in america anymore.

    October 27, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. JB

    I'm an Obama supporter and think this paper is ridiculous. Wow. They couldn't wait for the next edition? The editor needs to be fired. Yesterday. No responsible journalist would allow such a headline a week prior to the election. (probably trying to get a little attention for a little newspaper more than they are trying to report anything accurate, it seems...)

    October 27, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Foreign observer

    It´s not because of his speech, it´s because of truth.
    Anyway you win only the moment you win !!!

    October 27, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    OBAMA HAS NOT WON YET !!!!!!

    REMEMBER THE 2000 ELECTION !!!!!!!!!

    GO OUT & WORK & VOTE & GET OTHERS TO VOTE.

    October 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Jennifer Nolan

    HOW ABOUT REPORTING THE NEWS AND NOT JUST THE LIBERAL VIEWS, I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A ONE SIDED ONLINE NEWS IN MY LIFE. SOCIALISM IS COMING, BE READY
    OBAMA IS GOING SPREAD THE WEALTH AROUND. YOU ONLY REPORT THE NEGATIVE ON JOHN MCCAIN, YOU DO NOT REPORT ANYTHING BAD ON OBAMA, TRY FOX NEWS IF YOU WANT THE TRUTH
    WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS NOTHING BUT CENSORSHIP!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. OBAMA-BIDEN 08

    I have taken election day off work to help others get to the polls. Do what ever you have to do to make change happen.

    VOTE EARLY.
    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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