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Donald Trump campaigns Thursday in New Hampshire. Hillary Clinton swings into the battleground state of Iowa for an event in Des Moines.

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Detroit News, another paper that has long backed GOP nominees, endorses Gary Johnson

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(Molly Riley / AFP-Getty Images)

Another major newspaper that's a near-lock for Republican nominees seeking an endorsement has decided Donald Trump is not a viable option. 

The benefactor: Libertarian Gary Johnson. 

In an sharply worded editorial, the Detroit News editorial board backed Johnson, setting aside the newspaper’s 143-year history of supporting only Republicans.

"We abandon that long and estimable tradition this year for one reason: Donald J. Trump," the board wrote Thursday.

"Trump is unprincipled, unstable and quite possibly dangerous. He cannot be president," wrote the board, noting that Johnson is the "longest of long shots," but a better option than Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Trump's campaign is aiming to flip traditionally Democratic Michigan into his column with appeals to working-class white men.

Editorial boards that traditionally support Republican nominees have eschewed backing Trump, citing some of his charged rhetoric toward Mexican immigrants and women. 

Clinton has received the endorsements of the Dallas Morning News and the Arizona Republic, newspapers that for decades have been stalwart supporters of GOP nominees. 

Last month, Johnson also received the support of the Union Leader in New Hampshire, which for the first time in more than 100 years did not endorse a Republican. 

The endorsement on Thursday comes even as Johnson has had stumbles as of late. A day earlier, he had trouble naming a foreign leader he admires. 

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