New Hampshire newspaper to endorse on Sunday
November 25th, 2011
05:01 PM ET
11 years ago

New Hampshire newspaper to endorse on Sunday

(CNN) - With a little more than six weeks until the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, the state's highly influential newspaper will make its much-awaited endorsement on Sunday.

The Union Leader, known for its conservative editorial board, made the announcement via Twitter on Friday. An endorsement from the paper would be a major coup for any candidate.

The timing of the endorsement might come as a surprise to Herman Cain's campaign, as the Georgia businessman is set to meet with the editorial board next week.

Cain recently made headlines when he skipped a Nov. 17 meeting with the paper to be filmed by C-SPAN, following Cain's controversial interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel just days prior.

Cain had previously met with journalists at the Union Leader but has yet to sit down for the formal one-hour interview with the publisher, editorial page editor and C-SPAN.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has long held a commanding lead in the state, but that hasn't stopped former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who's dedicated almost all his resources to retail politicking in the state. Despite his efforts, Huntsman has struggled to break into the double digits in polls measuring support in the state.

According to recent surveys, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's popularity has been climbing in the state, reflecting similar trends nationwide. He now finds himself in a distant second place to Romney among likely GOP primary voters, with Texas Rep. Ron Paul virtually tied or following closely behind.

Last cycle, the Union Leader backed Arizona Sen. John McCain in early December.

- CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • New Hampshire
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Tom Dybowski

    “Today it seems too easy that our Government and our congresses are willing to give up our liberty for security. I have a fundamental belief that we can have security and liberty without sacrificing our Bill Of Rights.” – Ron Paul from CNN Foreign Policy debate.

    November 25, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Todd

    'Last cycle, the Union Leader backed Arizona Sen. John McCain...' This time they'll back another loser no matter whom they choose.

    November 25, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. John

    If I own the new Paper I would said None of the Above. They are all Clowns. They LIE and turn people word around and none of them know what they are taking about. Just like the Republican In Congress , holding America has hostage just so President Obama won't get any credit for it. And a lot of you people are dumb enough to believe It. Just Tell Me One thing the Republican have done to try and make the Economy better. NOTHING that what. The President can't do It by him self he got to have Congress and the Senate to pass some of these bill ,and the Only word the Republican seem to know Is NO.

    November 25, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. max

    people still read newspapers?

    November 25, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Texas Billy

    New Hampshire, the state's highly influential newspaper will make its much-awaited endorsement on Sunday.

    They will back a not so conservative, not christian O'Romney. Again we will see the selling out of the conservative

    November 25, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. CCCDaughter

    Jon Huntsman is the ownly reasonable person in the whole lot!

    November 25, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. CBR

    The Union Leader endorsement – is it that important today. The endorsements do not necessarily translate into votes. The media does not have the power that it once did.

    November 25, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Winner

    There are only two politicians in Washington who understands anything about how this country is supposed to work: Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul. One is a socialist and the other is a libertarian, but they are both honest. Both Republicans and Demcorats are a joke and are essentially the Big party of big government and another party of big corporations. The way you fix the immigration problem is simple: union labor and free markets. That's how they do it Germany. Labor and Business sit out a deal and then the union makes sure no non-union illegals get jobs and management gets labor stability without government interference.

    November 25, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Eric

    The two liberal comments are why I decided to vote republican this year even though I supported Obama in 2008. They fancy themselves to be the freethinking party but view anybody who dares have an opposite opinion as trailer trash. I honestly think they would have no problem commiting genocide against all conservatives and putting all republicans in gas chambers.

    November 25, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Alex

    Ron Paul's gonna do good there.

    November 25, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. American Citizen

    Hi Buzz,
    Your paper is not as influential as you think it is.

    November 25, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. DJ

    Wow, guess Cain is second guessing his decision. Then again, some people think he was never trying to be president, just sell more books.

    November 25, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |