July 30th, 2010
02:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin to campaign with Handel on day before Georgia runoff

 Georgia's former secretary of state Karen Handel will get some campaign support from Sarah Palin.
Georgia's former secretary of state Karen Handel will get some campaign support from Sarah Palin.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin's dropping into Georgia to weigh in on the state's increasingly bitter Republican gubernatorial battle, one day before the primary runoff election.

According to the campaign of GOP candidate Karen Handel, Palin will team up with Georgia's former secretary of state at a get out the vote campaign rally on Monday August 9. The next day Handel faces off against former Rep. Nathan Deal in the runoff contest.

Handel was endorsed before the July 20 primary by the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. Palin's backing appeared to quiet some on the right who criticized Handel as not being conservative enough and appeared to help Handel rise in the final polls conducted before the primary.


Handel came out on top in that contest, capturing 34 percent of the vote in an eight candidate field. Deal finished second with 23 percent of the vote. Since no candidate won 50 percent, the top two finishers moved onto an August 10 runoff. Since the primary, former Republican presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has also endorsed Handel. Deal has the backing of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"I'm coming to Georgia to campaign with my friend Karen because it is absolutely critical that Georgians nominate an ethical leader and a true conservative," says Palin in a statement released by the Handel campaign.

That statement and a new Handel commercial that describes her opponent as "a corrupt relic of Washington, DC" may be referring to accusations that Deal used his position in politics to make deals with the state of Georgia that earned him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Deal denies any wrongdoing and his campaign criticizes Handel for her "line of attack" and says she has "no new ideas for Georgia."

The winner of the Republican runoff will face off in November against former Gov. Roy Barnes, who easily captured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

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Filed under: 2010 • Georgia • Karen Handel • Sarah Palin
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    For somebody who wasted her time and money (not that she can't afford it) and crocodile tears about her family and her stalking neighbor she sure doesn't spend any time up in AK anymore, does she? How much was that ugly 14 foot fence again?
    For somebody who had never stepped foot outside of AK before 2008 she sure has a lot of "friends". The quitter wouldn't know ethics if it hit her on the face.
    Once again, CNN, half term governor and failed vp candidate.

    July 30, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Dennis

    In New Hampshire Sarah Palin came out and endorsed Kelly Ayotte in our Senate run. Ayotte immediately dropped significantly in the polls and I'm sure just wishes that Sarah would butt out. I believe that this happened because in New Hampshire we tend to be an intelligent, independent bunch and don't need an ignorant outsider telling us how to think. Sorry Sarah just saying how it is.

    July 30, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. pc

    i live in GA. an everyone i have talked to say they will not vote for anyone sarah palin is endorcing. republicans are strong here but the tea-bagggers are to fanatic for most republicans. sarah palin is just not smart enough about politics to be listened to here in my state.
    obama's visit here soon seems to be more exciting to our voters than anything else. i am voting democrat all the way because of the republicans stance on refusing unemployment to the people here in GA that need this help desparately.

    July 30, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. katsigazi geoffrey

    i dont think palin is enough to change voters any way he made republicans loose in 2009 so it will just be awelcome but different .hope yu get wat yu want palin.

    July 30, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Independent In Albany

    She can't unite her own party let alone the country.

    Next...................

    July 30, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    For the love of god!!! Shrink that picture of the cross-eyed witch. We are going to have nightmares.

    July 30, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Translation: One vacuous vagina has a 15 minute monologue with another vacuous vagina.

    July 30, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. snow

    Another candidate supported by Governor Palin that will win in Georgia.

    July 30, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Ben in Texas

    Is there really a silhouette running for governor in Georgia, or did the CNN photographer just not get the hang of the new-fangled camera yet?

    July 30, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Malt

    Good luck Handel.

    Note: Congressman Wiener is not only a wimp, but a loud mouth. Sorry wimp, there are more than one solution to a problem–no need to freak out and scream like my 2 year old. Republicans care as much (if not more) than democrats.

    July 30, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Republicans for Roy Barnes

    Sarah Palin stay out of Georgia election that why so many republicans switching over to vote for Roy Barnes because of Sarah Palin endorsement to Handel.

    July 30, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Mary Ann

    Hey Sarah,why don't you go home and try to be a mother to your screwed up family but then again maybe she's the reason they are so messed up.

    July 30, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    A Palin endorsement is like the kiss of death. Sorry for ya Karen. Silly Sarah just lost this election for you.

    July 30, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Jackson from Rome, GA

    Roy Barnes all the way!

    July 30, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    Is it my pc, or is that a really lousy photo? Even the awful one of AZ's governor that you like to use is exposed correctly. Maybe bad photography is as far as you (CNN) are willing to go to offend the Repugs.

    BTW: Palin, handel, Deal; they're all worthless. As long as GA has bottom-of-the country education, we will elect scumbag leaders; as long as we have scumbag leaders, we will have bottom-of-the country education.

    July 30, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. George of the jungle

    I dont understand why an endorsement from a quiter govoner and one time vp candidate means anything. One dumbie endorsing another dummie. When did Palin find time to write this new book.?? right!

    July 30, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |