The Washington Times - October 16, 2012, 12:42PM

DENVER — The first Colorado newspaper endorsements of the 2012 presidential race are trickling in, and so far the results favor Mitt Romney.

Since Oct. 1, the (Colorado Springs) Gazette, the Pueblo Chieftain, the Longmont Times-Call and The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel have endorsed Mr. Romney, while only the (Boulder) Daily Camera has backed President Obama.

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“There has to be a better way, and Mitt Romney is pointing to that way,” said the Chieftain in its Oct. 12 editorial. “He has outlined a pro-growth package of initiatives that can get this country humming again.”

The Chieftain, Sentinel and Times-Call endorsements ran after the first presidential debate Oct. 3, which was widely viewed as a victory for Mr. Romney.

The Denver Post, the state’s largest newspaper, has yet to issue a presidential endorsement, but its latest poll, released Friday, found Mr. Romney leading by 48 percent to 47 percent, or within the margin of error. Colorado’s nine electoral votes are viewed as crucial for both presidential candidates. Colorado was one of states Mr. Obama won in 2008 despite its having gone for George W. Bush in both 2000 and 2004.

The silver lining for Mr. Obama is that the Post editorial page appears disposed this year to back incumbents: The paper has endorsed all seven of the state’s congressional incumbents — that’s four Republicans and three Democrats — which could be interpreted as a harbinger for its presidential nod.