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We'll take 'none of the above' for president, one major newspaper says

"None of the above" is the presidential election choice of the Fargo Forum.
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"None of the above."

That's the presidential election choice of The Fargo Forum newspaper, which for the past 52 years has endorsed the GOP candidate for president – but wrote on Sunday that it will not be endorsing Donald Trump in 2016.

So it's opting for the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, right? Well ... :

"Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the most flawed candidates in modern times to seek the presidency. There are good reasons their 'dislike' numbers are the highest since pollsters began taking that specific measure. Both are disliked by 50 to 60 percent of Americans polled. That's a startling statistic for the presidential candidates of the two major political parties."

The editorial does go on to list some qualities and negatives for each candidate, but ultimately concludes it cannot endorse either.

The paper says the last time it didn't endorse was in the 1964 election, when it declined to back either Republican Barry Goldwater or then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. North Dakota ultimately voted for Johnson, which is the last time it voted for a Democratic president.

Who else is endorsing who?

The American Presidency Project has a great side-by-side of newspaper endorsements – only a handful have chosen "none of the above" like the Forum did.

The project's got 54 major newspaper endorsements for Clinton, three for Libertarian Gary Johnson, and one for Trump.

That lone Trump-supporting newspaper is the Las Vegas Review-Journal. While noting he has flaws, the newspaper said he "promises to be a source of disruption and discomfort to the privileged, back-scratching political elites."

The Review-Journal was bought recently by billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, a noted Trump supporter and a Republican Party donor.

But the Chicago Tribune notes several prominent newspapers that have historically skewed Republican have endorsed Clinton this time around, including the San Diego Union-Tribune – which has endorsed a Republican for 148 years – and The Arizona Republic.

A total of 14 major newspapers that endorsed Republican Mitt Romney in 2012 have switched over for 2016, and offered Clinton the nod, the American Presidency Project says.

Locally, the Star Tribune endorsed Hillary Clinton, who it says has "displayed a continued grace and courage under rhetorical fire." The paper says she has a "formidable command of policy" and is "the nation's best hope."

To find news, commentary, and local events leading up to the 2016 election, head to Go Vote MN.

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