The story

Republican and Democratic candidates are ramping up TV ads, racking up endorsements and heading West to stump for votes ahead of next week's Super Tuesday contests.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, along with Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, Friday won the backing of the Los Angeles Times, one of the most-read newspapers in the United States and especially in delegate-rich California.

In separate editorials, the paper praised Obama as an "inspiring leader who cuts through typical internecine campaign bickering," and McCain as a consistent conservative with "fundamental individualism." Read full article »

CNN's Dana Bash, John King, Suzanne Malveaux, Candy Crowley, Anastasia Diakides, Alex Mooney, Alexander Marquardt and Chris Welch contributed to this report.

All About U.S. Presidential ElectionDemocratic PartyRepublican Party

Don't Miss