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  Obama sweeps newspaper endorsements in Senate race
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News DateFriday, October 29, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAn endorsement Friday in The (Springfield) State Journal-Register gave Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama a clean sweep of major newspaper nods in Illinois.

The State Journal-Register was the last of the state's large newspapers to pick a candidate in the race between Obama and Republican Alan Keyes. Of the state's daily newspapers that responded to an Associated Press survey, none had endorsed Keyes.

Obama welcomed the news during a day of campaigning in Chicago. Keyes, on a tour of Republican county offices in southern Illinois, said the endorsements are more evidence of Illinois' media elite working to influence the election.

"I think I've made it pretty clear the media in this state have sort of had their preferred candidate all along," Keyes said. "The corrupt elites have been promoting him with an extremism that is wrong."

Keyes characterized the campaign as a "fight between good and evil" and said Obama's positions on moral issues like abortion are "wicked and wrong." He said those who agree with him don't rely on biased newspapers for information.

The Springfield newspaper said Keyes approached zealotry in his emphasis on morality above all else in the campaign.

"If Illinois voters were being asked to elect an ayatollah Nov. 2, Alan Keyes would be the obvious choice," the newspaper wrote. "But, on Tuesday, we will elect a U.S. senator, and for that office we support Barack Obama."
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