May 26th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
13 years ago

Washington, Palin-backed candidate defeated

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" A Republican congressional candidate in Idaho who was recruited by national Republicans and endorsed by Sarah Palin was defeated Tuesday in a primary election."](CNN) - A Republican congressional candidate in Idaho who was recruited by national Republicans and endorsed by Sarah Palin was defeated Tuesday in a primary election.

Idaho state Representative Raul Labrador topped Vaughn Ward in the battle for the GOP nomination for Idaho's 1st Congressional District.

Ward, an Iraq war veteran who served as a campaign state coordinator for Sen. John McCain's 2008 bid for the White House, was picked as a candidate for the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Gun's" program. He greatly outraised Labrador in the race for campaign cash, and Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee who was born in Idaho, joined Ward at a rally last week.

But Ward apparently damaged his bid in recent weeks, allegedly plagiarizing from a speech President Barack Obama made at the 2004 Democratic convention. He also mistakenly alluded that Puerto Rico was a country during a recent debate.

Labrador, a conservative favored by local Tea Party groups, will now face off against Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick in November's general election. Minnick, a freshman member of Congress who won the district by two points in the 2008 election, was the only Democrat to receive an endorsement last month by the Tea Party Express, a national group which has organized three cross country bus tours.

The district covers the western part of Idaho, including parts of suburban Boise.

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Filed under: 2010 • Idaho • Popular Posts • Raul Labrador • Vaughn Ward
soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. jim

    sounds like he took geography lessons from sarah

    May 26, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Sgt. USMC

    Will you people quit calling palin the "former governor", she is a QUITTER.
    What would happen to a servicemember if they decided to quit halfway through their enlistment? AWOL, reduction in rank and forced out with a bad conduct discharge. She is a disgrace to the United States of America.

    I don't support anyone who is backed by the tea baggers. They can all go to hell for all I care.

    May 26, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Emma

    What happened to Palin's coat tails.........were they cut off at the pass? It is good to know that there are some well deserving and thinking voters in Idaho.

    What about the speech of President Obama in 2004? Is he secretly a Democrat??? Palin should know how to spot a wolf in sheeps' clothing.

    May 26, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Susan

    This guy sounds as knowledgeable as Palin; no wonder she supports him! I had hoped we were done with these morons once we got an intelligent President who wants a knowledge based culture as opposed to a Bob the Plumber type country.

    May 26, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Dave

    Unlike the voters in Kentucky, the voters in Idaho know stupid when they see (and hear) it. Thank god there are some smart republican voters out there.

    May 26, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Mike in SA

    Good to see the Tea Party not blindly supporting whoever Palin endorses. She's not "all that".

    May 26, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. jim

    given sarah palin's "obvious" "intelligence", i'm not one bit surprised.

    May 26, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    People are getting wise to Palin and her husbands pandering. No man wants to support another man who has quit his job and has a family.

    May 26, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. BillE

    What does that tell us? How's Ms Palin's backing workin out for ya.

    May 26, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Once again showing the liberal bias and fixation with Palin, CNN spends more time reporting on a candidate she supported losing, than it has on the 4 that our beloved annointed, corrupt, slimy, unethical president, the darlilng of the bias liberal media, like CNN, did in losses. No wonder liberals who are too lazy to look for real stories follow CNN and MSNBC.

    May 26, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. Carol

    Boy, the Republicans just keep shooting themselves in the foot, choosing DUMB candidates. Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest (Palin). November is looking VERY GOOD for the Democrats.

    May 26, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    So the GOP continually bring out candidates that can't think for themselves and are pretty stupid and can't even write a speech without plagarizing an intelligent man's speech.

    And people vote for them?

    It's a sad day for America - but then again, we had to suffer through 8 years of Bushco because of people like that. Maybe the smart people are beginning to outnumber the stupid people? Well, we know that's happening since Obama is president. You had to be pretty smart to vote for Obama since the stupid people rushed to support Palin. Oh, and McCain. Might as well mention him. He was on the stage as well.

    May 26, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. ARob

    "Young Gun's"

    Was it Palin's people who made this mistake, or was it CNN? I'm sick of how dumb we're all getting in regards to grammar. An apostrophe is for POSSESIVE, not plural.

    May 26, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Scottish Mama

    This is the time and place when Sarah Palin starts fading into history.

    May 26, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. CareFree

    Ignorance endorses ignorance! This is sort of like 0 X 0 = 0, isn't it?
    A sure losing proposition, I'd say.

    May 26, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. jerseylou

    Whoopy do.....All of you palin follwers hop on aboard her train because it's heading toward that beautiful cliff,stick your heads out the windows and hang on !

    May 26, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Susie

    Is it possible that the Palin aura is finally fading? Please!!!

    May 26, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Dave

    This is way to funny....just more evidence that nobody takes Palin seriously... she is an idiot. Plus her candidate did not even know Puerto Rico was not its own country but part of the U.S.... SURPRISED??? Nope, Palin chose him....2 idiots who never studied anything political.... I am so happy.... Keep endorsing the GOP favorites.... November is going to be a rude awaking for the Racist party that is the GOP...... HA HA HA....... GO DEMS, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK... keep ticking off the old white men of this country... loving every minute of it.... OBAMA 2012!!!!

    May 26, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. katiec

    Finally, perhaps the American people are opening their eyes about the radical rantings of the Palins, Limbaugh, Becks of our country.
    Of course, they will blame the media, who, like CNN, support the right, as they have no other recourse.
    Heaven forbid they will realize we voters are intelligent enough to disregard the garbage they spew.

    May 26, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. beebee

    he was probably coached by palin about geography, history and politics. A dumb bimbo leading another dumbo.

    May 26, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Dwayne

    Imagine that! It takes one to know one.

    May 26, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. Jon

    Palin-backed candidate defeated – HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Finally, some smart voters

    May 26, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Susan

    The country may want to oust the incumbents but when the Republicans let the Tea Baggers and Palin set their agenda on who they want to throw their support behind is like the kiss of DEATH......we do want change but we want people with intelligence, not just your run of the mill yahoos that think they can make a difference..........

    May 26, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. Anonymous

    What? Palin turned out to be a political kiss of death? What???? That's never happened before...

    May 26, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Sweetie

    It's John McCain's fault!

    May 26, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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