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The most coveted newspaper endorsement in the U.S. is expected this week, and it's not coming from the Washington Post or the New York Times. It's due from the editors of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, the only daily paper in the most contested part of the hottest battleground state. Both campaigns have spent countless hours and dollars trying to snare it.

The Bush camp struck first, shipping in the President's father, an old friend of Dispatch publisher John Wolfe's, for a quiet breakfast during the Democratic Convention in July. A long line of other White House allies, including Karl Rove, Ken...

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