So what's the partisan tally of the Times' outside endorsements? No surprise: 23 Democrats, 2 independents (former Republicans Charlie Crist for Senate in Florida and Lincoln Chafee for Rhode Island governor), and zero Republicans. Some of the Times' more prominent favorites: California Sen. Barbara Boxer and Nevada Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Compare that scatter-shot approach to Election Day 2008 , a presidential election year, when the Times (according to a nytimes.com search) settled for endorsing candidates for president (Who? You'll never guess), and for a few congressional races in New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
On Election Day 2006 , a mid-term election like the one today, the paper also confined itself to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in its endorsements.