With the Republican Party’s biggest donors coalescing against Donald Trump, the real estate mogul could be set to pick up a huge endorsement from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Rumors are floating around the Post-Gazette’s newsroom that the Pittsburgh paper and its sister publication, The Toledo Blade, are looking to back Trump, Chris Krewson of BillyPenn.com reports.
Tom Waseleski – the Post-Gazette’s editorial page editor and a member of the editorial board – said they are “nowhere near any endorsement with regards to any candidate, with regards to any primaries,” though some reporters at the paper are starting to worry.
“I did hear a rumor to that effect, which is very distressing. But we’re not privy to that [information],” reporter and President of the Pittsburgh Newspaper Guild Michael Fuoco said.
A Trump endorsement from The Toledo Blade could be upon us shortly, with Ohio’s primary less than two weeks away. An endorsement from The Blade is likely to signal an endorsement from the Post-Gazette, though Pennsylvanians will not cast their ballots for another eight weeks.
The endorsements would be Trump’s first from major newspapers and could go a long way toward legitimizing his huge primary lead to the establishment wing of the Republican Party, though that probably doesn’t matter to the former reality TV star.
Trump won seven states on Super Tuesday – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia – and opened up a sizable delegate lead over his main challengers, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich remains in the race, but Ben Carson has pulled out of Thursday night’s Republican debate in his hometown of Detroit, signalling his intent to withdraw from the race after seeing no “political path forward” after Super Tuesday.