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. sami73

    Why anyone would pay attention to anything Palin says is beyond me. Except to laugh at her.

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

    A bad month for Palin is a good month for America – not the America she refers to (meaning those who are in it for their own profit and to he!! with the rest of the nation) but the America envisioned by the nation's founders: Deists or nominal Christians, certainly not Bible-thumping fundamentalists; liberal Enlightenment thinkers (as opposed to "ignorant and proud of it"), well-versed in the secular humanist ideas of Europe that gave us the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; and patriots like Thomas Paine the atheist socialist who believed that every American citizen owned a share in the nation by default. In other words, people who love their country more than themselves.

    August 18, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Rob in MO

    Democratic politicians around the country are hoping that she endorses their opponents. She is one of the best things democrates have going for them.

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

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let her get The Republican nomination in 2012!!!!! I will register as a Republican if it will help her get the nomination!

    August 18, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Progressive from Texas

    "Silly Sarah" is becoming the Jesse Jackson of the right wing. Both have mindless followers, terribly flawed logic, and an over-active pie-hole. Neither of them have actual jobs, relying instead on money from over-zealous radicals.

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

    What Saran Palin don't know is the Republican party, the Tea party and the American People don't her too run for anything,or endorsements for anybody,because they will LOSE. John McCain lost once with her now he trying for a second time. Eighty five percent of American would like that the Alaska hillbilly would just go home and never be seen again or heard of again. Take the hint CNN,FOX,TLC i don't watch TLC anymore at all,i never watch her on Fox,and I'm getting trying of reading about her on CNN,SHE IS NOT NEWS.

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

    What people should do is run whenever they see Sarah. She incites anger and hatred, having most of the time on clue. Sarah is an elite and loving the spot light.

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

    November will be an even bigger loss for Republicans. Even more Senate and House Seats will be won by American Democrats.

    August 18, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. mitchyj

    There is nothing better for Democrats than having Sarah Palin railing against them. She proves that stupidity has no place to hide.

    August 18, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Sarah 12

    Mooney didn't write the same negative commentary about Obama's failed endorsements, nevertheless, Palin still has a better endorsement record than BHO.

    August 18, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Bob

    I've voted Republican in every election over the past 30 years, but Republicans today are nothing but lunatic fanatics. In November and 2012 I'm voting Democrat!!!

    August 18, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Don

    I'll bet a lot of other people made endorsements in these races, but I wouldn't know because it never made the news. Now Sarah Palin gets more press just for failing. Someone please remind me why we care at all what she's Twittering?

    August 18, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Too funny

    Is the Palin stock plummeting?!?! Keep supporting this clown and you'll go down in flames right along with her! You betcha! *wink wink*

    August 18, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. dave_in_altmar

    ahahahahahahahahahahahaha! FAIL! FAIL! FAIL!

    August 18, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Charles W. Skinner

    Sarah Palin made choices in her endorsements that represented her beliefs, and has generally supported the candidates that had the most core Conservative values. Sometimes that means that you lose your preferred candidate.

    I understand why she supported McCain (even though he's a RINO). It's because it would literally be the kiss of death if she has supported Hayworth (even though he's a better candidate). Even so, I think that Hayworth is going to get a larger percentage of the vote than anybody dreams at this point (even if he still loses, it will be embarrassing for McCain).

    August 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. me

    Not only hand-picked but hand-written candidates at that. If Palin told me she was going to give me her 2 cents worth, she'd still owe me a dollar.

    August 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Mark

    A pole was out in Alaska asking: If Sarah Palin were running for governor of Alaska, would you vote for her? Less than 30% said yes. Her endorsement is a curse. She has proven to be a dismal failure as governor here and is not politically astute. She just needs to fade away.

    August 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. montag

    It takes a loser to pick a loser.

    August 18, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Sunshine

    I don't know what the Republican party sees in Sara Palin. If they have her in mind for next President,, the Republican Party is in serious trouble as I will never vote for this idiot.

    August 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. ex-sarge

    The half term quitter from Twitter strikes again. The Republican party has so many more qualified female members, the only reason Ms. Palin gets all the attention is because of the way she looks. Put her in a fat suit and disguise and the horn -dogs at Fox wouldn't give her the time of day.

    August 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. art michaelson

    When oh when WILL wE HEAR the last of this money grubbing foul MOTh FOOL?

    August 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Rick

    Maybe folks are finally getting it, that she's a big mouth idiot. How this woman stays in the news is beyond me.

    August 18, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. moth2

    Palin is a fool. She could better her image is she put her efforts to good use in Pakistan, and start bailing

    August 18, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Californian

    Are you suprised she can't pick a winner? Neither could McCain when he chose her. I wish she can go away. Her ideas are implanted in her head, she doesn't have a clue. I bet she couldn't recite the Pledge of Allegiance!! lol

    August 18, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Blablabla

    She is an idiot. Period.

    August 18, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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