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. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    I knew she would be good at something. LOSING.

    Republicans can't run further form her.

    August 18, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. annie s

    I'd like to think it's because voters have caught on to the vacuous Ms Palin and her vapid endorsements, but I doubt it. Of course, I'm kind of hoping her (bad) luck holds out in Florida – Marco Rubio would be a horrible Senator.

    August 18, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Patrick

    Why does anyone care who Sarah Palin backs. She is a mindless airhead. Why won't she just go away.? If this doesn't convince other polotician to distance themselves from her than they deserve to lose. This looser has done nothing significant for our country or the state of Alaska. She is a quitter and a looser. She is nothing more than an attention whore always trying to get her lipstick coverd mug infront of a camera. GO AWAY PLEASE

    August 18, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. RB

    A loser then a quitter, then a loser again

    August 18, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Fritz

    So what? You still don't have her recipe for her Apple Brown Betty. . . . .

    August 18, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. PaDoc

    Awwwwwwww. Poor mamma bear. She was foraging for scraps in a parking lot and got her head stuck in a trash can. We'll have to fire a tranquilizer dart through that waaayyyyyy too tight skirt from up in a hellicopter, then transport her to the deep mountains where she'll be far away from civilization and sensible minds.

    August 18, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. dmac

    run sarah run back to alaska, please.

    August 18, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Bill

    I'm very afraid of the people who think this "air head" is competent in any way.

    August 18, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. harold

    The Republicans will only vote NO when it comes to extending un-employment insurance to help families put food on the table..In this Great Recession we need votes "Yes"... to help people...lets not go back to Herbert Hoover during the Great Depression and just vote NO like Republicans did back then..see historynet.com...balanced budget 1930 and bonus marchers 1932....

    August 18, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. JonDie

    Only in America can the vainest, most ignorant, most illiterate grifter (that's Sarah Palin in case you're wondering) think she is literally God's savior of the country as well as a genius.

    August 18, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Someone

    Didier joined the race very early on. Palin endorsed him in May. Dino Rossi did not join the race until the very last minute. He is a very recognizable figure in Washington state since he ran two consecutive (controversial and close) races against the current governor. Had he not joined the race, it would be a general election between Didier and the incumbant Murray. Palin would not (nor should anyone else) endorse democrat Murray and in May the only one left to endorse was Didier. It was politics in Washington state. It had nothing to do with Palin ...as a failure.. The State of Washington would be much better served by either Didier or Rossi regardless of Palin's endorsement. But appreciate your attempt to make absolutely everything about her and her about everything.

    August 18, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Garcia

    Palin, dont go away mad, just go away!

    August 18, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. S.Whitney

    Didier joined the race very early on. Palin endorsed him in May. Dino Rossi did not join the race until the very last minute. He is a very recognizable figure in Washington state since he ran two consecutive (controversial and close) races against the current governor. Had he not joined the race, it would be a general election between Didier and the incumbant Murray. Palin would not (nor should anyone else) endorse democrat Murray and in May the only one left to endorse was Didier. It was politics in Washington state. It had nothing to do with Palin ...as a failure.. The State of Washington would be much better served by either Didier or Rossi regardless of Palin's endorsement. But appreciate your attempt to make absolutely everything about her and her about everything.

    August 18, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Don from maine

    0 for 5. I guess voters have had enough of sarah the talking head palin. Most of us see her for what she really is-a headline grabbing airhead. By the way sarah tea parties are for sissies with imaginary friends. real people get out and vote for viable cndidates who might actually accomplish what they say as opposed to whiners like yourself who just spout rhetoric. In cas you forgot sarah, America showed you what they thought of you in the presendential election. You and Mcfossil lost by a landslide. Personally I'd like to see both of you fade from the spotlight.

    August 18, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Branden

    Maybe people are finally realizing that this woman has the IQ of a pumpkin and is incapable of forming a coherent sentence.

    August 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Squiggs

    She has such a way with words. This woman is a national joke.

    August 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. lizzq09

    NO one mentioned how she supported Todd Tiahrt in Kansas either, and he lost 'big time' to Jerry Moran in the August Primary for KS Senator, to replace the idiot Brownback.

    August 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Gary

    Where's the caption in the pic? ... should say "Hey .. I'm dumb"

    August 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. minutes are up sweetie

    Question for the Conservatives. Do you see the Democrats criticizing any OTHER Republican women??? Ever think to wonder why that is?
    You all have some sharp Republican women in your party, but Palin is NOWHERE close to their stature. Compare and think about it.

    August 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Russ in Benton Ar

    How can it be bad her whole goal is making money and she is still doing that.

    August 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Marc

    This bodes well for the removal of our closeted Palin endorsed gov. Miss Perry.

    August 18, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Jeff in Mississippi

    Sarah Palin was a joke, is a joke, and will always be a joke. I would feel bad for the Republicans but they are doing it to themselves by kowtowing to the ultra-conservatives.

    August 18, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Don Wuerl

    Is it her kiss of political death? What a lunatic? She needs to read up what Mamma Grizzlies really do! I am really glad that she is not the VP at the moment!

    August 18, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Big_D

    I can see her career as a former governor that quit is coming to an end. What a shock!

    August 18, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Superhiro

    So.... Sarah Palin has zero political wisdom? Howwwwwwww surprising.

    August 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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