May 26th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
4 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. jeremy

    Not a wonder that Palin backed him...neither one of them have an original thought in their heads.

    May 26, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Jon

    Candidate supported by Palin – thought Puerto Rico was a country. How fitting!

    May 26, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Bill K NY

    Seems the TEA Party has their finger on the pulse of their locality. Also shows the TEA Party is not the tool of the Republican Party.

    May 26, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. MR AMERICA

    ...and now it begins. To paraphrase Tony Soprano: Palin will be King Midas in reverse :)

    May 26, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. WI dem

    Gee, what a surprise.

    May 26, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Glenn

    Ward thought Puerto Rico is its own country? That's almost as sad as the poll from North Carolina last summer where 7% of registered Republicans said Hawaii is not a part of the United States with another 4% saying they were not sure. Clearly, this country needs to do a much better job of educating our people.

    May 26, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Lorraine

    Has anyone else noticed how completely silent Sarah "Drill Baby Drill" Palin has gone in the past week or so? Who knew such a serious, catastrophic situation would have a silver lining?

    May 26, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    When you copy without crediting the person who did or said it, that is really wrong. Besides, this guy is bound to be the first of many losers that Palin supports. She really has no policy understanding or new ideas.

    May 26, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Tony

    Maybe he and Palin can put out their own geography book.

    May 26, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. doight

    This guy was Palin's twin brother. What a moron!

    May 26, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Ben in Texas

    The Palin Kiss-o-Death endorsement in action!

    May 26, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. ann

    He really did copy almost word for word, Obama speech.......Show me one honest, intelligent GOPer and I'll drop dead. Mean,dumb,racists................

    May 26, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Realistic

    Palin is an idiot and her endorsements shows her political ignorance. She, Palin, endorses candiates that think PR is a country and steals Presidents Obamas speech. However, this not something that people should be shocked about, Palin is an idiot and anyone she stands behind might also be an idiot. She could not answer with Glenn Beck who her favorite founding father was and even GB understands shes an idiot. So when she endorses a candiate, do not be shocked if they turn out to be idiots because idiot Palin is politically ignorant and will attrack the same kind of candiates. Birds of a feather flock together remember that voters in Nov.

    May 26, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Dave In Altmar

    Yet another epic fail by Caribou Barbie.

    If I was a Dem running for office I'd be praying every day that Palin endorsed my opponent...

    May 26, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. jhs

    What? Another "maverick" bites the dust? Nice work Sarah... Cheers to your continued success...lol...

    May 26, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. mm

    Palin can see Russia from her house and Ward thought Puerto Rico was a country...Takes one (LOSER) to know one.

    May 26, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. AL in Palm Beach

    So, Mom can see Russia from her porch and son thinks Puerto Rico is a country. What's next? the good old US of A is part of Southeast Asia?

    May 26, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. DICK Cheney

    Ha ha ha ha! Republicans' have fresh ideas?!? Right! That's why this looser lifted almost word-for-word President Obama's 2006 DNC Convention speech . . . serves Ward right for plagiarizing. Lightweight looser wingnut! Please pack up and leave and don't forget to take QUITTER Palin with you!

    May 26, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Rob in MO

    Even many republicans reject her banalities.

    May 26, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. rick

    Isn't that the same Palin who say's drill-baby-drill. What happen to that saying?

    May 26, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Paul from Phoenix

    Ooooooh. This is a huge story!

    Seriously, so what? How many candidates that Obama picked have lost (cough...Spector...cough)? Nobody is going to bat 1.000.

    May 26, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. brain2brain

    Hopefully this is a signal that squeaky palin is faltering! She is backing idiots that are as stupid as she is...

    But still, I can't understand why CNN even follows the clown. I guess CNN enjoys reading our comments about the idiot.

    This must be the CNN Comedy Show. If so it couldn't be better! She is a joke.

    May 26, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. all the news that's fit to omit

    Obozo said there were 57 states etc, etc and Biden said JOBS was a three letter word, your point?

    Palin who is a citizens merits a story here, but Sestak and his bribe merited what 5 minutes and a quickly stopped ticker story?

    His two frauds in charge, Steadman and Jan the man don't read a bill but are allowed to talk about how bad it is and where was that story??

    Palin doesn't warrant to be anywhere near the WH, neither does Oweblamo.

    You nitwits voted him in (and he is 0 for 5 in campaigning for losers)..

    May 26, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. perryrants

    "Puerto Rico was a country" are we nitpicking the diferrence between territory vs country. did he speak abou the "president" of puerto rico"?

    it's like obama calling virginia a state–it's not!

    May 26, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. Psychologist

    That is certainly good news. Anybody affiliated with that idiot of a woman needs defeat.

    May 26, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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