N.H. paper bucks 100-year tradition, backs Gary Johnson over Donald Trump

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by Emily Schultheis, CBS News

For the first time in a century, the New Hampshire Union Leader chose not to endorse the Republican nominee for president—and is instead backing Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

“Americans are being told that we have to choose the lesser of two evils,” Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid wrote in an editorial published Wednesday night. “No, we don’t.”

The Union Leader has been critical of Trump throughout his campaign, endorsing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the Republican primary and frequently lobbing criticism at Trump. (The paper, it’s worth noting, rescinded its Christie endorsement in March when Christie endorsed Trump.) Trump, for his part, returned the favor, calling McQuaid a “lowlife.”

In Wednesday’s editorial, McQuaid cautioned Trump supporters against thinking their candidate is “in any way qualified to competently lead this nation.”…

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