(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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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.
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 !!!
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.
This of course is just another example of anybody Sarah Palin endorses means sudden death.
Sarah backed a loser? Imagine that.
Palin is theater, not politics. Voters know the difference.
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.
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.
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
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.
Shows you what Sarah's endorsement is worth.
I would like to see Palin's birth certificate.
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.
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.
a loser picks a loser who loses
spill baby spill
Palin's moose is gay and he is a I dependent too...
What else can one expect, A LOSER PICKS A LOSER!!??? Nothing new there.
Awesome. Love it. Puerto Rico.... nice!
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.
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".
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.
"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.
What do people expect from this when supported by a quitter?
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.