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With so many social platforms for political endorsements, The Week is asking if newspaper endorsements are still relevant.

The American Presidency Project compiled a list of 2012 and 2008 presidential endorsements.

FYI: The Advocate does not endorse any candidate in any race.

Houston Chronicle, which has a circulation of 384,007, endorsed Obama in 2008, but on Oct. 21, endorsed Romney. San Antonio Express-News supported the Republican Party nominee, John McCain, in 2008, but endorsed Obama in 2012. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, with a circulation of 195,455, supported Obama in 2008, but endorsed Romney Oct. 20.

There's another list compiled by Editor and Publisher.

"For the most part, the endorsements turn into dog-bites-man stories," The Week writes. "For instance, was anyone all that surprised when The Washington Post endorsed Obama? Did anyone pay that much attention to the Columbus Dispatch when they followed their 2008 endorsement of John McCain with their 2012 pick of Mitt Romney? Of course not."

The Week's story goes on to say that such endorsements can "undermine their credibility."

"While a case could be made for the importance of editorial endorsements in local races, where even the most well-informed voter on national issues might have little insight, the endorsements at the national level would negate the effectiveness of local endorsements by alienating a significant part of their readership," the story continued.

In the end, maybe it should be left up to readers and voters to decide for themselves.