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  Hello, Columbus: 'Dispatch' Endorsement Could Make All the Difference
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Last EditedRP  Oct 20, 2004 06:34pm
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News DateWednesday, October 20, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe outcome of the presidential election may not depend on George W. Bush or John Kerry -- or even on an October surprise. It may come down to John F. Wolfe.

Wolfe, the publisher of The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, will ultimately decide who that paper backs for president, an endorsement that continues to gain attention nationwide.

And as the race for Ohio's 20 electoral votes tightens -- with a number of polls this week declaring a statistical dead heat -- support from the tradionally conservative but now wavering Dispatch could mean the difference in what many consider to be the race's closest swing state.

The undecided endorsement is significant given that the Dispatch has not endorsed a Democrat for president since it backed Woodrow Wilson in 1916, editors said. Just the fact that the paper is strongly considering a Kerry endorsement is rather startling.

"If you looked at our editorials over the past four years, it might look like we are not very happy with the president," said Mary Ann Edwards, an editorial writer and 16-year board member, offering a tantalizing (but perhaps misleading) hint. Editor Marrison agreed, adding, "They have been very critical of Bush."
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