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Donald Trump is ending the 2016 campaign with just 2 major newspaper endorsements

Donald Trump was endorsed Sunday by the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, which said that "Trump, despite all of his faults, is best suited to blow up the inbred corruption of the Washington-New York elites." It was only the second endorsement Trump has received from the 100 largest newspapers in the U.S., along with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, owned by Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. Even if you include his backing by The National Enquirer tabloid, that's the lowest number of endorsements for a major-party candidate in U.S. history.

Hillary Clinton, on the other and, ends the 2016 race with 57 major endorsements, including from papers that rarely or never endorse Democratic candidates like The Arizona Republic, The Dallas Morning News, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and The San Diego Union-Tribune. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson got four major newspaper endorsements, including this weekend's backing from The Charleston Post and Courier. Four other newspaper, including USA Today, did not back Clinton but urged voters to reject Trump. The New York Observer, which is owned by Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, is sitting out the race entirely.