Sun presidential endorsements 1884-2012 [Pictures]
The Sun was nominally Democratic in its early years but didn't formally begin endorsing presidential candidates until Grover Cleveland. Since then, it has switched political allegiances several times.
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1884: Grover Cleveland
In what appears to be The Sun's first formal presidential endorsement, the paper backed Grover Cleveland in 1884. He was a conservative Democrat in a pragmatic mold that the paper's owners, the Abell family, appreciated. The Abells and the president eventually became close friends.