September 2nd, 2010
03:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Alaska win boosts Palin win-loss tally

Joe Miller is the latest Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate to win a primary this election season after Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded the Alaskan Senate Republican primary race Tuesday.
Joe Miller is the latest Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate to win a primary this election season after Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded the Alaskan Senate Republican primary race Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) – With his victory this week over Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's GOP U.S. Senate primary, attorney Joe Miller joins the growing ranks of Sarah Palin-endorsed candidates who have found success at the ballot box.

Palin, the former Republican vice presidential nominee, has been active in the 2009-2010 election season, doling out 43 endorsements to conservative candidates in both state and federal elections. Of the 29 candidates who received a nod from Palin prior to their primary, 14 went on to win the nomination, 10 lost, and another five are still pounding the pavement with primary elections in the near future. Six endorsements were made after the candidates had already won their primary, and another seven went to candidates that did not compete in a primary.

Those still waiting to see the effect of their primary endorsement from are Maryland gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy, New Hampshire Senate hopeful Kelly Ayotte, and congressional candidates John Gomez (NY-02), Michael Grimm (NY-13), and Sean Duffy (WI-07).

Read the breakdown of Palin's endorsements, after the jump:

Candidates whose endorsements were announced on Palin's Facebook page so far have fared better at the polls than those whose endorsements were announced on her Twitter feed. Those endorsed on the popular social networking site have a win-loss record of 13-8. Two of the three candidates whose endorsements were announced on Twitter failed to win their primary while a third, Nevada Senate hopeful Sharron Angle, awaits the outcome her contest against Democrat Harry Reid this November.

The following is a breakdown of Palin's endorsements to date:

Race Candidate Endorsement Timing Election Result

Race               Candidate                        Endorsement Timing     Election Result

AL SoS           Beth Chapman                 general                        N/A

AL-02              Martha Roby                    primary                        won

AK Senate      Joe Miller                         primary                        won

AR-03             Cecile Bledsoe                 primary                        lost

AZ Senate       John McCain                    primary                        won

AZ-01              Paul Gosar                      primary                        won

CA Senate      Carly Fiorina                    primary                        won

CA-37             Star Parker                      general                        N/A

CO-03             Bob McConnell                 primary                        lost

FL AG             Pam Bondi                       primary                        won

FL-22              Allen West                       primary                        won

GA Gov           Karen Handel                   primary                        lost

IA Gov             Terry Branstad                 primary                        won

IA AG             Brenna Findley                 general                        N/A

ID-01               Vaughn Ward                   primary                        lost

IL-11               Adam Kinzinger                general                        N/A

IN-02               Jackie Walorski                general                        N/A

KS Senate      Todd Tiahrt                       primary                        lost

KY Senate      Rand Paul                        primary                        won

MD Gov           Brian Murphy                   primary                        TBD

MN Gov           Tom Emmer                     general                        N/A

MN-06             Michele Bachmann           general                        N/A

MO-04            Vickie Hartzler                 general                        N/A

MS-01             Angela McGlowan            primary                        lost

NC-02             Renee Ellmers                 general                        N/A

NH Senate      Kelly Ayotte                     primary                        TBD

NM Gov           Susana Martinez              primary                        won

NV Senate      Sharron Angle                  general                        N/A

NY-02             John Gomez                    primary                        TBD

NY-13             Michael Grimm                 primary                        TBD

NY-25             Ann Marie Buerkle            general                        N/A

NY-23 (2009)   Doug Hoffman                  special election            lost

OK Gov           Mary Fallin                       primary                        won

PA-12             Tim Burns                        primary                        lost

SC Gov           Nikki Haley                      primary                        won

SC-01             Tim Scott                         general                        N/A

TN-05              Cecilia Heil                      primary                        lost

TX Gov            Rick Perry                       primary                        won

WA Senate     Clint Didier                       primary                        lost

WA-05            Cathy McMorris Rodgers   general                        N/A

WA-02            John Koster                     primary                        won

WI-07              Sean Duffy                       primary                        TBD

WY Gov          Rita Meyer                       primary                        lost

– CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Lisa Murkowski • Sarah Palin
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Perry

    Is there a chance that Sarah Palin had nothing to do with whether a candidate one or lost?

    Shouldn't we be comparing her to handicappers at the race track?

    September 2, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Laverne

    People are giving this nutcase way too much credit. Most of these candidates are winning because there is an assault on the incumbents, this is not rocket science people!

    September 2, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Bill in Austin

    Who really cares? Just the media(including CNN) who likes to keep her name at the forefront every day as if it was important. What she should be recognized for is helping to lose a presidential election, quitting her Governor's job before her term was up, and a lack of any real intellect.

    September 2, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Bill NY

    If a nut job like her can call the shots, put your head in between your legs and kiss your @$$ goodbye. We are truly doomed!!!!!

    September 2, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The wing nuts she's endorsed will lose in their general election. Silly Sarah is destroying the republican party. Great!

    September 2, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Rush Goebbels

    The President has a nice surprize for the rightwing goonsquad just in time for the elections,hahaha

    September 2, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. David

    In other words she is about 50%, at 50% she doesn't have any influence one way or the other.

    September 2, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Bobby Nakka

    We have a community organizer with no real experience as a president now and the way he is handling it is horrible.

    Palin is a presidential hopeful? She did not even finish the governorship she was elected to and how is she qualified to be the president.

    1 thing people need to notice being the president is not easy. Look at all the past presidents (given they were not young cats to begin with but) everyone aged 20 years faster. Clinton, Bush, even Obama looks like is 10 years older than 2 years ago.

    If republicans put Palin on the ballot any year is the day the party will never revive from the depths it would have fallen to.

    September 2, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Ted

    Who cares? She is still a delusional trailer trash idiot ex governor from Alaska whose two holer gives her foreign policy experience in watching Russia.

    September 2, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. beth

    Thank you Sarah,

    A win for the tea party is also a win for the democratic candidate in November....

    Keep Going ;) (wink wink you betcha)

    September 2, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Marti M., Plano, TX

    She looks like Chucky in that picture....

    September 2, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Snow

    Her record is one heck of alot better than obama's.

    September 2, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Norm

    OMG look at the insane look on Palin's face in this picture.

    September 2, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. NoWay

    Sahah needs a zipper job.

    September 2, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    What a joke this whole Phailin thing is.
    Of the over 350 in Congess who were up for re-election less than ten incumbents lost??
    So where is this huge wave of anti-incumbent anger??
    And what about this fake Phailin effect fox and the "lamestream media" keep in the news?? So she waited until it was pretty close and picked a winner, sure she has some effect on those dirty old men and degected white middle age women, but there's more to winning a real election than constantly terrorizing your own constiuents, at least in real elections.
    Here in Virginia we are tired of all the fake Christians, fuzzy math, lies, and deceptions from the Pat Roberston training camp graduates of McDonnell, Cuucinelli, Rigellin, Fimmian, Hoadling, Wolfowitz, etc.

    September 2, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Patriot

    Palin's "Win Loss Tally"? Rally?

    CNN-this is not a game. Can we not elevate this beyond wins and losses and the fact that the woman only communicates like a 16 year old girl (tweets and facebook)...to realize that this is not funny-she and the forces that think she is credible are a danger to the Republic.

    September 2, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    While I rather like John McCain, I will never forgive him for pulling Palin out of the total obscurity she deserved and made her a national freak show that just will not go away.

    Sarah Palin is the Anna Nicole Smith or politics: famous for no reason beyond just being famous, totally self-absorbed, egotistical, talentless, and with an IQ somewhere in the Gump range.

    September 2, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. diridi

    this lady is a total idiot, and has no brain at all...that's it...

    September 2, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Whyme

    It's SARAH but I know who you mean!

    September 2, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. mark

    she still looks better on the knees . i have it on a semi good reliable source that she was a model in hustler

    September 2, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Proud member of "Gobal Zero"

    She has really on won 2. She latches on to the one with highest poll numbers right before the election.

    Can't stand her and if you keep pumping her up...an idiot will return to the White House. This country does not deserve the President it has. You keep electing people like Bush and company....we will be in big trouble

    September 2, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. works for me

    It's just dumb luck, I believe it's called. We are all painfully aware about how lucky she's been. These endorsements weren't the result of intelligent research. We are also painfully she has no intellectual curiosity at all, but she's making millions off the people that are on the same plateau. Once again we are reminded about the extreme need for education in America.

    September 2, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Gale

    Duck!!! Here come all the Democrat hate spewers

    September 2, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. larry

    These racists from "The White Annoying Teabagger" party have so far only won against loser republicans. God help us all if they get into congress.

    September 2, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Dean

    Come on liberals show us your hate. Or is it really just fear disguised as hate?

    September 2, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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