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. Gary

    Another person who thinks Puerto Rico is an independent country, like Guam and American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands... and I can see Russia from my front porch... Anyone who Palin & the GOP picks has to have an IQ of a rock.

    May 26, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Shawn

    Lets see.... Palin, Ms. TeaParty herself supported Ward, even though the tea party supported Labrador....if their own splitoff party cannot even agree on a candidate it won't go well for them. THEN the republican candidate plagiarizes his speech from the Democratic convention speech.... Way To Go !!!

    May 26, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Get a Grip

    Well Palin hasn't reached Oblamer's numbers yet. She's down one, what's Oblamer's number for folks he's endorsed, but lost? Isn't it somewhere around four or five.

    May 26, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Grahame Rhodes

    This of course is just another example of anybody Sarah Palin endorses means sudden death.

    May 26, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. kcl

    Sarah backed a loser? Imagine that.

    May 26, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Jeff in TX

    Palin is theater, not politics. Voters know the difference.

    May 26, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Texan

    Proof that just being a war veteran doesn't necessarily make one the "All-American" choice. And plagiarizing the President, plus alluding to Puerto Rico being a country? Apparently he should not have used Palin's speech writer or discussed geography with the gorilla from Wasilla.

    And being a "Young Gun?" Maybe he needs to confer with the NRA about why his didn't work.

    May 26, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Bertina

    Apparently some people haven't gotten the memo that media and others are trying to portray the Tea Party's influence. It REALLY has more to do with local issues and obvious ignorance being displayed.

    May 26, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. ray

    this is a perfect example that this woman palin is an idiot. this woman, this half governer is the worst idiot the world has ever seen. idiots all without a brain flocks together. hahahaha hahahaha

    May 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. jms58

    Why is it not surprising that Palin would endorse a candidate who does not know that Puerto is not a country? She didn"t know that Africa is a continent.

    May 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. jackson

    Shows you what Sarah's endorsement is worth.

    May 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Palin-American?

    I would like to see Palin's birth certificate.

    May 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. not all docs play golf

    This illustrates that most voters out there are smarter than the far right thinks. Most people do not subscribe to Tea Party extremism, even among conservatives. To the vast majority of more intelligent voters, endorsement by Sarah Palin is a negative. And it should be.

    May 26, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Jaywing

    Oh, my! With a strong Sista Sarah endorsement, how could this have possibly happened? Could it be that Ward decided to act like Sarah after the endorsement, and misrepresent himself, plagiarizing material for speeches from the opposition (perhaps the dumbest move a Republican could make) and essentially lying to the voting public? NO... can't be. I guess Sista Sarah will have to put Ward before one of her fantasy Death Panels and drum him out of the Tea-bagger movement. "Loser" the Quiter-in-Chief will yell, and the whole movement will say "Amen", and then go back to their all-white neighborhoods and cry in their tea about how they're so misunderstood.

    May 26, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. mike

    a loser picks a loser who loses

    May 26, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. riverclana

    spill baby spill

    May 26, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Papasan in AZ

    Palin's moose is gay and he is a I dependent too...

    May 26, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. lforlegend

    What else can one expect, A LOSER PICKS A LOSER!!??? Nothing new there.

    May 26, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Geoz

    Awesome. Love it. Puerto Rico.... nice!

    May 26, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Tam

    Aw, what a shame!..... NOT

    May any and all candidates supported by her and her group meet the same fate - for the good of the country.

    May 26, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. John

    We really need our potential representatives to pass a minimum level of intellectual and emotional intelligence before they're allow to enter US politics at state or federal representation. The GOP is struggling, and I'd like to see the party on the endangered list under the menu "leaches".

    May 26, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Deborah/KansasCity

    Sounds like he is an intellectual giant just like Sarah. I am so glad people are seeing through these self agrandizine politicians, who care only for their own personal wealth and political power; and will quit if it becomes too difficult. We need intellectually curious people, who will study and understand the world and not just try to dictate policy based on religion, fear, and hate.

    May 26, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. bailoutsos

    "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." -- He must have been privately coached by Palin.

    May 26, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Patriot

    What do people expect from this when supported by a quitter?

    May 26, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Deborah/KansasCity

    Sounds like he is an intellectual giant just like Sarah. I am so glad people are seeing through these self agrandizing politicians, who care only for their own personal wealth and political power; and will quit if it becomes too difficult. We need intellectually curious people, who will study and understand the world and not just try to dictate policy based on religion, fear, and hate.

    May 26, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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