August 18th, 2010
11:25 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin goes 0-for-2 on primary night

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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. Scott

    Ok, so another story about how irrelevant Sarah Palin has become, yet CNN still covers her daily on the front page.

    Did you ever stop to think that telling us someone who you keep in the spotlight daily is really irrelevant makes you look?

    Foolish, that's what.

    August 18, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. iroshi

    Perhaps is this trend continues, Palin will lose all influence and we can stop reading about her in the news. What a breath of fresh air that would be.

    August 18, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Former Republican, but never again!

    Maybe Republican voters aren't as stupid as I thought!

    August 18, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Pete

    Palin's recent rack record of endorsements is significant yet what is MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANT and NEWS WORTHY is Obama's 0 for 3 in MA, VA, NJ and many Democrats who are in hotly contested races this fall are ACTIVELY AVOIDING Obama.
    The Republican Governor of TX, Rick Perry, was the only one to meet Obama on the tarmac when he flew into Austin TX recently......and then it was to hand Obama a letter on border/immigration control since Gov Perry has previously asked to meet with Obama on the subject and was denied because Obama was "to busy."

    August 18, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Angela

    Actually 2 of her people won in Washington State. So it's 2-2 last night. But nice try.

    August 18, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. PC

    well,well. if palin was inspired by this tea party pick,he must be a anti-american racist like ms palin herself. thank god america is beginning to wake up an realize this woman is a backwoods white-trash gold-digger trying to make a name for herself in the name of hate for our president. i would never vote for anyone that thought and talked like sarah palin.

    August 18, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Go away Sarah, I like you but you don't even come close to the only honest republican who will address the real issues! Move over Sarah and don't even think about the presidency! If the GOP screws Ron Paul again i'll vote for Obummer and keep voting for those liberal nuts until they learn their lesson!

    August 18, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Mike from Seattle

    She's no where near the Mendoza Line on her batting average. Out of the big leagues and back to the minors or change her sport to softball.

    August 18, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Pam

    Voters tend to stay away from anyone that Palin endorses.
    She is not a politician....merely a celebrity who ranks right in there with Lindsay Lohan when it comes to intelligence and maturity...

    August 18, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Cat, Holt MO

    This stupid moron is a LOSER, how many times must we listen to the crap that comes out of her mouth. She is a grafter and an idiot.
    Go away you slime ball!!!! Do this country a favor. And shut you mouth

    August 18, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Gary

    C'mon does this really surprise anyone?

    August 18, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. proud dem in nc

    The woman is a total political lightweight!!! No wonder the candidates endorsed by her are losers. The woman is a political know nothing. It's amazing how many gullible people believe this money grubber. She is fast becoming irrelevant.

    August 18, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Pete F.

    Sarah's luster is gone and she is just more like a Moped or a hooker everyday. You know, kinda fun to ride but don't let anyone actually catch you on one...doesn't matter what she cost!

    August 18, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Tj

    You Think............expect nothing less.....she is a joke and more and more people are seeing it for what is worth....... more eyes will open about this NUT CASE.

    August 18, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. DIANA

    Good, maybe nobody will want her to back them and she'll finally go away. Though I have to admit, I'd love to see her in 2012, guarantee another four years for Obama.

    August 18, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Odalice Feliz

    I guess she is not for the winning.

    August 18, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Independent In Albany

    Open mouth, insert foot_Open mouth, insert foot_Open mouth, insert foot_Open mouth, insert foot_

    Wait until the general election, her far right hacks do even worse......

    August 18, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Laurie

    Maybe American voters are smarter than I've been willing to give them credit for. It would appear that Sarah isn't the messiah for the Republican party after all. Personally, her endorsement of a candidate would make me go the other way too. Her judgement is not always the best, thankfully she isn't in the White House with that poor judgement.

    August 18, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. TeaCLOWN

    Palin poison – her endorsement

    August 18, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Just goes to show that Palin's "star power" was never real, it was media created for the lemmings of our society. No surprise here, seeing as how most of the media is corporate owned and favors the right (see town hall meetings of 2009 if you have any questions). Y'all should be ashamed of yourselves and what you pass off as "journalism" these days. Of course, in turn, good for Sarah. You made her rich, so it's not all bad. She has a family to care for.

    August 18, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Nathaniel

    Palin is a joke, her family is a joke. the people who care about her or her views are ... a joke.

    August 18, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Mitch

    How's that mommie-grizzlie thing goin' for ya' Palin? wink wink

    August 18, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. olga

    What a glorious day! She has about 2 minutes left of her 15 minutes of fame!! Time to go home mama grizzly and take care of your gang!! Too bad you quit your Governer's job, now what are you going to do?

    August 18, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. TnGal

    GEEEZ, anyone with slightest amount of intelligence KNOWS that this woman is stupid so maybe there is few smart Repubs that know that too but don't dare openly to say that! so typical for repubs, hypocrisy in high gear among them!! She need to go away, she is such a embarrasment for America.

    August 18, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. jerry

    Those aspiring Republicans who want to win a seat in Congress are making a big mistake relying on Palin to be their savior. She is going to keep this party from making the gains it can. I am one of many who wishes she would go back to Alaska and stay.

    August 18, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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