August 18th, 2010
11:25 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin goes 0-for-2 on primary night

Palin's endorsements have yet to produce victories in August so far.
Palin's endorsements have yet to produce victories in August so far.

(CNN) – It hasn't been the greatest of months for Sarah Palin when it comes to her political star power.

The two candidates Palin backed in Tuesday's primaries lost their bids, making the former Alaska governor 0-for-5 when it comes to endorsements this month.

In Washington State, Palin had backed Tea Party activist Clint Didier in his bid for the Senate over businessman Dino Rossi, the favorite of national Republicans.

In making her endorsement of Didier last May, Palin said the Tea Party favorite had "inspired" her, and hailed him as a "patriot running for U.S. Senate to serve his state & our country for all the right reasons!"

Palin went on to record a robocall for Didier, telling voters that "unlike establishment candidates who just talk about lower taxes, Clint has signed a pledge to do so."

But Rossi easily beat Diddier in Tuesday's primary, besting the former NFL player by more than 20 points.

Palin's candidate also lost out in the Wyoming gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. There, the former vice presidential nominee backed what she referred to as a "Mama Grizzly," State Auditor Rita Meyer.

"Voters know that Rita has a unique blend of steel magnolia and mama grizzly," Palin wrote on her Facebook page in July.

Meyer ultimately lost her bid to U.S. Attorney Matthew Mead by fewer than 1,000 votes, according to the Wyoming secretary of state.

Ultimately, Palin put little effort into either race beyond a few sentences expressing support on her Facebook and Twitter pages. Still, the endorsements made big news in the local races and were often touted by the campaigns.

But Palin's 0-2 showing follows a bigger disappointment last Tuesday, when her hand-picked gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, Karen Handel, lost to fellow Republican Nathan Deal in a close election.

Palin had put most of her efforts into that race, appearing with Handel at campaign rally just hours before the vote.

Palin-backed candidates Rep. Todd Tiahrt, who was vying for Senate in Kansas - and Tennessee congressional candidate CeCe Heil also lost their bids earlier this month.

Palin's next tests come Tuesday when Alaska, Arizona and Florida hold their primary votes. In Alaska, Palin has backed Joe Miller in his long shot bid to defeat Republican Senate incumbent Lisa Murkowski. In Arizona, Palin went with Sen. John McCain in his Senate primary bid against former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. And in Florida, Palin has picked Republican candidate Marco Rubio in that state's Senate race.

UPDATE: Two congressional candidates Palin endorsed in Washington did advance in Tuesday's primaries: John Koster in Washington's 2nd District and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Washington's 5th District. Koster was the runner up in Washington's open primary to incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen, meaning the two will face off in November. McMorris Rodgers did not face a serious opponent.


Filed under: 2010 • Dino Rossi • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin • Washington State • Wyoming
soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Susan L.

    She'll get on board with Rossi for the general, I'm sure. Which would be great since that'll be another nail in his coffin. We can only hope that after getting beaten by Democratic women for a 3rd straight time that loser stays home for good.

    Anyways, what with Starbucks being based here, Washington is much more of a Coffee state than a Tea Party state.

    August 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Average Guy in Red State KS

    Well, there you have it. Sarah's star is about to turn into a black hole. Who'd a thunk it.

    August 18, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Andrew

    Another swing and a miss by Lady Macbeth!

    August 18, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Maeve

    Hope you are as successful in the elections coming up as you were in the August debacles. You need to go back to school, study and lose that cutesy crap you are trying to sell to whoever is left to listen. Right "Grizzella"?

    August 18, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. blindbear

    Hope she backs a bunch of crazy republicans in the general election. Come on Sarah, get out there and put your political capital on the line for your fellow idiots. We Democrats and Independents can use the help.

    Sarah Palin 2010–Mama Bears and the Kiss of Death

    August 18, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. ANTIETAM

    Resigning as governor and her daughter's problems have damaged Palin's credibility with Republican voters. In addition, her politics never influenced people from other parties or independents, so it is not surprising that her ERA is so high. Tea Party managers had better send in a reliever quite soon.

    August 18, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Don

    Who cares. Did she quit her reality show job yet? It's about time isn't it?

    August 18, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. NancyRose

    The insignificance of this intellectually challenged, morally corrupt, narcissistic, desperate, delusional, wrinkled moron has been proven yet again. Enough about her, once and for all! Back to the frozen Alaskan tundra you go, you freakshow!!!

    August 18, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Oh gosh, I was worried that it got so late in the day before CNN would put out its daily Palin story for the drug addled to spew their hatred upon. I knew CNN would not let us down. No matter what the real important stories of the day are (we can always turn to Fox to get those) CNN will put out something on Palin.

    August 18, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Ted

    Rather than leave my usual diatribe about Sarah, I would like to ask the Republicans on this list why they like Sarah, what they like about her and what do they know about her positions on the economy, healthcare, foreign relations, education, and the environment and do they think they are fact based and would they support her?

    Thanks.

    August 18, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. You Can't Win Them All

    As an Alaskan, my experience with Palin is both positive and negative.
    She has good instincts, but she is basically a dummy. That said ....
    Her support for a candidate that loses is NOT her loss. The candidate lost. What I do like about Palin is that she is helping to shake up a bankrupt, corrupt political system. I believe that she has done some good there. I hope she continues to get in the faces "owners" of
    our political parties.

    August 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Jeff in TX

    There are two parts to the Tea Party, IMO. There is the small government, low spending side, which was epitomized by RON (not Rand) Paul. And there's the Obama is the Joker, Death Panel side, epitomized by SaraH Palin. Nice to see the country rejecting the latter for the nonsense it finally is.

    August 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Laurie in Spokane

    There's nothing to say really about this, except it gives me some hope that not all voters are so stupid as to vote for someone Palin endorses. After this debacle for her, no-one will want her endorsement anyway. Maybe there's hope SHE will go away.

    August 18, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    She's a ding-bat

    August 18, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. ja

    time to climb under glacier

    August 18, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    No surprise – she needs to go away

    August 18, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. kriehle

    My elders always told me that quitters never win.

    August 18, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Tony

    She is a kook, quitter and loser. Go away forever and take your pathetic, dysfnctional family with you!

    August 18, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    When will they learn? Have them call McCain to find out how fast Failin Palin can sink a campaign. Run Sarah run.

    August 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Alicia

    Please stop, enough already!

    August 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Robert

    Sarah Palin has only ever had 20% support for a run for president. Upwards of 40-45% like her personally, but 70% or more have consistently said they would never vote for her.

    When, exactly, has she had a good month politically?

    She is the butt of political jokes by nearly every segment of the population except that 20% who think she is 'the female Ronald Reagan.'

    August 18, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. fastrack

    Dear Sara, please endorse JBoner, Duke of Orange and Newt Gingrinch, Prince of Low Morals.

    August 18, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Dave

    The Republicans are so enchanted by this mindless nitwit that they don't realize how much the rest of the country finds her ridiculous and abrasive. They think Democrats attack Palin because they're "scared" of her, but the fact is, everyone's just fascinated that Republicans are so out-of-touch that they find this preposterous lunatic to be a viable candidate. It's almost as if they were trying to say an eggplant should be leading the country.

    Palin's fascinating in a train-wreck, Anna Nicole Smith kind of way, not in a Thomas Jefferson way.

    August 18, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Marc W. Emery

    0-5, huh? I bet even that losing streak won't shut her up. BTW, is Palin campaigning for McCain? It's the least that this monster should do for the Dr. Frankenstein that created her and gave her life.

    August 18, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Dakota

    Sara Palin is such a joke. Her rhetoric is so outdated. Who would benefit from her endorsement?

    August 18, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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