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A brief history of Richmond Times-Dispatch presidential endorsements

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The Richmond Times-Dispatch will endorse a candidate for president on Sunday, Sept. 4.

The endorsement, made earlier than in previous years because of the unusual dynamics of the 2016 race, will be published in the newspaper’s Sunday Commentary section and will be posted at

Take a look back at the Richmond Times-Dispatch presidential endorsements from the last 36 years.

1980: Ronald Reagan - R

1984: Ronald Reagan - R

1988: George H.W. Bush - R

1992: George H.W. Bush - R

1996: Bob Dole - R

2000: George W. Bush - R

2004: George W. Bush – R

2008: John McCain - R

2012: Mitt Romney – R


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