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. Paylin

    Obviously he was just another reflection of Paylin... dumb...Dumb.... DUMB!

    Lol

    May 26, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Dave

    Sarah Palin should have shown him how to write his talking points on his hand. And I'm sure that Sarah told him she could the state of Puerto Rico from her front porch in Alaska, so he should include that in his speech...you betcha that will get them to vote for you. Wink, wink.

    May 26, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. jay in denver

    Palin was born in Idaho? Prove it!

    May 26, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Jerry

    Wait , please tell me its not true , a candidate backed by a private citizen was defeated by another cndidate backed by a private citizen.

    May 26, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Shucks

    Hopefully this is a wake up call to those asking for Palin's endorsement. It means death to your campaign and political career, just like hers. MISERY does love company.

    May 26, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Enoch

    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.

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    After losing, Ward blamed the "Gotcha" media for checking facts. He then left the stage saying he was "headed over to Palin's house" in Alaska which he insisted he could see from there.

    May 26, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Sam I Am

    Wow! He plagiarized a speech, and has a tenuous grasp on geography. No wonder Palin endorsed him.

    May 26, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Just shows how much the political machine has become a joke.

    May 26, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Julia- Idaho Native American

    Idaho had about a 22% voter turnout. Republicans dominated the ballot. The Idaho tea baggers wanted a 100% repub turn out and rumor is they were goin' to prayer meetins' and tryin' to ressurect Tim McVeigh so they could run him for Gov. Idaho, Locked in to racisim and stupdity for all eternity,

    May 26, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Sniffit

    Sounds like he's right up the Palinbot's alley: can't come up with his own thinsg to say and has all the geographic knowledge of a tree stump.

    May 26, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Elizabeth

    What is wrong with the Americans or even listen to that dumb Palin hick??? Every time I see those dull eyes (nothing behind them) of hers on TV I quickly switch the channel.

    May 26, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Bill

    Nothing like a Palin endorsement to guarantee a victory!!! What a joke. Keep it up Sarah.

    May 26, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Pam

    Thank God people are waking up!
    Sarah Palin has no place in choosing local politicians in State races. Additionally she has no knowledge. Period!

    May 26, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. kate

    Finally, maybe people are waking up to Palin. She is not intelligent about issues etc. She is a show off. Thats all!

    May 26, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. magna42

    Looks like Ward is Palins kind of candidate... "I don't know anything and I'm proud of it"

    May 26, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. D-FLOX

    Poor Palin can't win anything.

    She is becoming less relevant and more annoying everyday.

    May 26, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. neonmadman

    I am so surprised that Palin endorsed a guy that doesn't know a country from a territory. Keep supporting candidates Sarah the Democrats need all the help they can get.

    May 26, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Wil in the VA.

    This is too funny and the republicans think they are going to take back the house and senate. Palin and these jokes will soon be as toxic as the gulf. I wonder how the republicans are some how going to try and blame this on Obama.

    May 26, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. CHRIS

    Puerto Rico and Africa both countries? Didn't learn that in World Geography class.

    May 26, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Rob Johnson

    How can you beat somebody with a name like Raul Labrador?

    He sounds exotic, yet like a faithful companion, all at the same time.

    On the other hand, Vaughn Ward sounds like the part of a hospital where they treat people for Vaughn's Syndrome.

    It's all in the name, trust me.

    May 26, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. FloridaIndependent

    Good!! Another party insider goes down to defeat. Can it be the voters of Idaho think as little of Moose-jaw Barbie as the rest of us? I think any party insider will be having problems this fall. Where are the truely independent people that will repersent the folks back home first and party interests last. Not many out there with the guts to stand up to the party bosses.

    May 26, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Joe

    Stupid is as stupid does, Sir!

    May 26, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Anonymous

    poor sarah's candle gets dimmer every day!!!

    May 26, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. RICK FROM PA

    Since when is Sarah a "Political Genius"? Why is CNN giving her so much coverage especially on items that she knows absolutely nothing about! With her it's all about making money.

    May 26, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Robert

    I hope she sticks around for more elections.

    May 26, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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