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. sifto77

    She is ahead of Obama in important endorsements and she is not even in government! Some of her candidates had no name recognition and were not expected to win–try again to trash her, CNN....

    August 18, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Now-Now--Obama 2012

    Americans with any ounce of sense would know to never follow Sarah Palin's endorsements, nor encourage the Tea Party ideology!
    This is truly amazing–the political system at its "best-worst". Wow, the GOP need to give up the ghost! lol

    August 18, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    People are finally wising up to Palin knowing she and her husband quit their jobs to pander them for money. There is no man or woman out there who has a family is willing to take care of another man and his family, that's why we all hate welfare. This whole Palin clan have used the political spot light for personal gains while Sarah touts about family values, what frauds.

    August 18, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Refudiation

    She's going to have to lower her asking price for endorsements, maybe as low as $20,000 or $15,000 per endorsement.

    August 18, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Vic of New York

    "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..."

    Racism..., Zionism..., Jingoism..., Religious bias..., Tax breaks for the rich only..., scaming hard working people with "snake oil" positions.

    Now that's the new Conservative "American Patriot".

    August 18, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. DnM

    Sarah Palin needs to go home, pour herself a glass of lemonade, sit on the front porch and wave to the Russians!

    August 18, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Hmmm... I'd say it is a MUCH WORSE month for Obama, Pelosi and Bloomberg: our radical muslim sympathizers. We don't see much coverage of that on CNN and other state-controlled media, surprise, surprise. BUT, anything that can possibly diminish Palin (who is not an office holder or even a candidate for anything yet) is "Headline News"!!

    August 18, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Paul from Phoenix

    She still has a better record then Obama.

    August 18, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. carmen L Bruno

    ahhh, how sad..NOT..now, where to put these thumbs?

    August 18, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. C Smith

    I sincerely hope that this is the beginning of the end of life with Palin. I think we all hoped that she would become irrelevant at some point.

    August 18, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Eric

    0 for 5? Doesn't that make her on par w/ Obama?

    August 18, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Hawk1

    It just may be that people are catching on to this screwball. it seems that she is posion for anyone that she endorces. she is just alaskan trailor trash anyway.

    August 18, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. SenorFrog

    She has the Medusssa stare. Everything she looks at turns to stone and crumbles away. She should look in a mirror.

    August 18, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. JV

    It's going to be hilarious when candidates begin avoiding this nutcase and she finally goes away into obscurity.

    That day won't come soon enough for me

    August 18, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Eric

    Losing is nothing new for Palin. She should get used to it.

    August 18, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Mike Mc

    Sarah is on minute 13 of her 15 minutes of political relevancy...good riddance

    August 18, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. shyril

    Palin should be sending the media a monthly stipend because it is them alone that is keeping her in the news and has made her rich.
    She is uninformed, and for the lack of a better word, dumb. She is leading the charge of "dumbing down America." Please Sarah run for President. Your candidacy will do two things: 1) make Romney and who ever else seeking the Republican candidacy spend a lot of money and time 2) if you manage to gain the nomination (which I doubt) , you can debate, Harvard educated, Barack Obama.! Please Sarah run! But you wont. You dont have it in you.

    August 18, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. aunt Bea and Opie

    This loser knows how to pick losers just like herself.Lets call it 5 for 5 for the teahag.

    August 18, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Cfrench

    Wow, it looks like even the tea-baggers are learning what 50% of this country has known since 2008; that Palin's a complete and utter moron. I guess her looooooong 15 minutes of fame are just about up.

    August 18, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Tommy Boy

    Palin is 0 for 5....imagine that. There is hope for this country after all.

    August 18, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. sandra Taylor

    Any bad news for Pail is good news for the USA!!!

    August 18, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Apalled Doctor

    Oh please Sarah, Keep this streak going! Lets have a replacement for McCain! Please try your hardest and lose the next three tea bagger candidates chances as well!
    Keep it up Sarah, you are doing perfect!!

    August 18, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Dale

    She is vacuous.

    August 18, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. shocker

    is this really a surprise to anyone? the only people that seem to think that Sarah Palin has any impact on serious politics are the editors at CNN

    August 18, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. commenter1

    Why would any candidate want the endorsement of a person who the vast majority of the electorate doesn't like? Did these candidates expect a different outcome? Crazy!!

    August 18, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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