May 26th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
5 years ago

Washington, Palin-backed candidate defeated

 A Republican congressional candidate in Idaho who was recruited by national Republicans and endorsed by Sarah Palin was defeated Tuesday in a primary election.
A Republican congressional candidate in Idaho who was recruited by national Republicans and endorsed by Sarah Palin was defeated Tuesday in a primary election.

(CNN) - A Republican congressional candidate in Idaho who was recruited by national Republicans and endorsed by Sarah Palin was defeated Tuesday in a primary election.

Idaho state Representative Raul Labrador topped Vaughn Ward in the battle for the GOP nomination for Idaho's 1st Congressional District.

Ward, an Iraq war veteran who served as a campaign state coordinator for Sen. John McCain's 2008 bid for the White House, was picked as a candidate for the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Gun's" program. He greatly outraised Labrador in the race for campaign cash, and Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee who was born in Idaho, joined Ward at a rally last week.

But Ward apparently damaged his bid in recent weeks, allegedly plagiarizing from a speech President Barack Obama made at the 2004 Democratic convention. He also mistakenly alluded that Puerto Rico was a country during a recent debate.

Labrador, a conservative favored by local Tea Party groups, will now face off against Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick in November's general election. Minnick, a freshman member of Congress who won the district by two points in the 2008 election, was the only Democrat to receive an endorsement last month by the Tea Party Express, a national group which has organized three cross country bus tours.

The district covers the western part of Idaho, including parts of suburban Boise.

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Filed under: 2010 • Idaho • Popular Posts • Raul Labrador • Vaughn Ward
soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. geecee

    Well, see, there, now. That Palin sure does have some clout! Whoa. I hope she continues to "endorse" her party's (Tbaggers) candidates, cause you just know they will be the best choice anyone could ever make in the whole wide world (of hers) and do the right thing (whatever that is) for the country as a whole and, also, they are just great, for sure.

    May 26, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Palin should pick herself as a loser.

    May 26, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Jon

    Your analysis of why Ward lost is wrong. He lost mainly for three reasons: 1) Labrador's campaign did a good job of tying Ward to Fannie Mae; 2) Labrador had the endorsement of several recognized conservatives in the state; and 3) as a Morman, Labrador would have probably garnered the votes of nearly 100% of the Mormans.

    To say that Idahoans didn't vote for Ward because he misspoke and referred to Puerto Rico as a country is idiotic.

    May 26, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    That is what he gets for borrowing Palin's briefing book. Good thing no one asked him about Africa.

    May 26, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Chicken George

    Birds of a feather flock together. If Palin is a loser what about her other feathered friends. Her chicken friend in Nevada is next. Bak! Bak!

    May 26, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. geecee

    By the way, in case anyone thought I had lost my mind, my previous comment was just a bit of "Palin-speak".

    May 26, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Anne Jones

    I'm glad. I hope she keeps picking losers. It defiantly matches her !!!!

    May 26, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Mightymo

    For all you conservative hacks out there that see Palin as a shining light, this should be an omen for you.
    If she supports someone or something, it will lose!

    May 26, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Independent_me

    Why doesn't that surprise me...

    Palin is a very beautiful ignoramus.

    She simply backed a very handsome ignoramus...

    May 26, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Fred Riek

    Wow! Imagine a Sarah Palin candidate pick who had no grasp of the facts or reality. It is easy to get Sarah to back youor candidacy for whatever you want to run for, just talk often, loudly and angerly and claim to drink a lot of tea. American voters need to consider the inteligence and willingness of candidates to work with those with different viepoints and solutions than theirs. These challenging times call for intelligence and cooperation by our elected officials and the tea party candidates and almost all of the Republicans don't seem to be interested in anything other than voting "no", blaming Obama for everything, and calling him, Pelosi and Reid names. Those Republicans who are willing to engage in intelligent discussions of the issues are being tossed out of the Party. How can anyone vote for these loonies?

    May 26, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    Sarahs15 mins. are almost up.People are finally seeing her for the user she is,a squeaking piece of chalk on the blackboard.

    May 26, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. dood from boston

    how is this a surprise, she destroys everything she touches. i don't know what's scarier, the things she says or the people who listen to her.

    May 26, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Russ

    Actually, it was the endorsement by Palin that did him in. Way to go girl. You're such a burden on your party!!

    May 26, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Kirk

    ...the Palin brand is fading.

    May 26, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Millie Bea

    Palin told him Puerto Rico was a country- you can't blame him- I mean she always has her facts straight.

    May 26, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Johnathan

    Who cares what Palin says, We had George Bush in power for 8 years. He was (is) a male version of Sarah Palin. How'd that work out for America?

    Seems the only people who care about Palin and Tea baggers are CNN and CNN's John King, who like Giulianni who uttered "9/11" every other word out of his mouth, so is John King with the Tea freak side show.

    Go back to journalism classes, CNN.

    Mr King, are you auditioning for Fox?

    May 26, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. jeff jackson, alabama

    Go to Puerto Rico and ask a local if
    Puerto Rico is a country.
    They feel much more independent
    about their island than our government
    does. They voted down becoming a
    state about 25 years ago.
    Go over there and get off the main drag
    and see you feel like you're in a U.S.
    territory.
    How about Biden thinking everyone in
    America watched F.D.R. on T.V. in the
    1930's? For Pete's sake , he is your Vice
    President. There are enough stupid people
    in both parties to go around.

    May 26, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Clint, Wa.

    Sarah Palin & Tea party crying towels on sale, 50% off.

    May 26, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. RN

    Why does anyone care what Palin thinks? She has shown repeatedly that she does not understand the serious issues in this country. She complains about government being too big – then complains they do not do enough to solve all the problems we face – which would require bigger government. Maybe, if enough of the people she supports lose, people will start to avoid her and news coverage of her will stop.
    At one time Paris Hilton was in the news ever day – now it's Palin. Does cnn just need a bimbo for daily sleaze stories?

    May 26, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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