Oklahoma- Oklahoma City's Daily Oklahoman offered impressive coverage this cycle, including a handy "Political Ad Watch" feature (here's an example). Norman Transcript was also a go-to source of state political news this cycle. Oregon- For all intents and purposes, the Portland Oregonian was the newspaper of the Oregon governor's race this year. The Willamette Week had some excellent profiles and investigations, but the Oregonian's Jeff Mapes coverage could not be matched. Pennsylvania- Philadelphia's financially struggling Inquirer and Daily News produced good coverage this year of the gubernatorial and Senate races, but it was the small papers that really shined in eastern Pennsylvania, including the Allentown Morning Call and Scranton Times-Tribune. Out west, Pittsburgh's Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review attempted to top each other daily, with honorable mention going to the Harrisburg Patriot-News. But the best campaign coverage was courtesy of pa2010.com, and Pennsylvania lost a valuable resource when founder Dan Hirschhorn left the site. Rhode Island- The Providence Journal is the place to go for top notch political coverage, including on the paper's "Projo Politics Blog." Stories political junkies need to know when they look ahead in races can be found in the paper, including a good September story about a meeting between gubernatorial candidate and state Treasurer Frank Caprio (D) and Republican National Committee officials that took place earlier this year. South Carolina- As an early presidential primary state, South Carolina takes its political coverage seriously with a handful of strong outlets upstate and downstate along with an omnipresent AP bureau. The Columbia State is best known for breaking Gov. Mark Sanford's (R) affair story by staking out a reporter at an airport and is the gold-standard for political journalism in South Carolina. Meanwhile, the Charleston Post and Courier is usually good for a couple political stories to lead off each day during a statewide race while the Greenville News is just as valuable in the northwest region.
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