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. Anonymous

    Please stop covering people who can see Russia from their kitchen windows!

    August 18, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Nick

    How about Tom Emmer?

    August 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Ray

    Palin is the Republican version of Hillary!! Not QUITE as bad, but she's worn out her welcome on the American political scene. She's an idiot!!

    August 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. johnRJ08

    Palin routinely endorses candidates she knows nothing about in states that she knows even less about. My endorsement should carry just as much weight as hers. My dog's endorsement, too. What's wrong with these people? Sarah Palin is a semi-literate, opportunistic fascist masquerading as a backwoods populist. Repudiate that.

    August 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Scott F

    AH, Sarah Palin!!! What has she accomplished? She quit college 3 times, She quit as Governor of Alaska. She gave a speech in communist China to a group of businessman with no American reporters present. as her first official act after quitting the Governors job. She is a paid whore for Fox News. She only gives interviews to Fox News or like minded media. She has very little knowledge about anything. She has proven to her credit that anyone can dupe people and make money. What a hero!!

    August 18, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Get Rid of The Mean Girl

    I don't understand how women with a brain don't take this bimbo out back and lose her in the woods.

    August 18, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. hypocricnnation

    Wow! Almost Finally CNN (HypocriCNN!) Has Finally Stopped Pandering To This Patsy Named Sarah Palin. She Did Lose Last Night, And Lost Big Time!

    August 18, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Hangar 13

    Have any of you lemmings noticed the similarity between CNN's daily posting of the Palin story and 1984's Two Minutes' Hate? They put her picture on the screen, and you become apoplectic with your hatred, and you don't even realize you're being manipulated. Very sad, what an inconsequential little fringe group CNN viewer/readers have become.

    August 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Duck Fallas

    Pin worm, I said. Look it up.

    August 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Too True For You

    Maybe there is hope for America after all.

    August 18, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Michael

    NOW....... Will the newsmedia STOP reporting everything this BIMBO says and does ????

    August 18, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Phil

    ... and so begins Sarah Palin's long descent into irrelevance. Whatever we can do to speed it up, by all means, let's do it. Despite her long, widely-varied list of shortcomings, that is one thing she IS well-qualified for – irrelevance.

    August 18, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. GO OBAMA

    Running out of steam! HA HA HA!

    August 18, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |

    I know that people are keep stupaid or like play game vote for plain sarah so I belived that sarah are great keep her job

    August 18, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Fred

    Bad month for Palin, worse month for Obama

    August 18, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Susan in Arkansas

    Love the photo CNN ran next to its article!

    August 18, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. J.T.

    Can anybody say LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Jay

    Why this fascination with this cartoon character? My dog is smarter than her...

    August 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Ed

    Where are you, Left and right winge?

    August 18, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Pruitt Holcombe

    You can practically hear the glee in the voice of the author of this "article".

    August 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. jeff, alabama

    A bad month for Palin would be a good month for anyone else.
    PALIN 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    On the contrary, I'm sure the pretty vacant one had a great month. Of course, I'm thinking of her bank account, which is all that really matters to the woman who stole from, then quit on, the citizens who elected her.

    August 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Ed

    I am sorry the R did not register, I meant winger.

    August 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. WI doesn't like Palin

    Gee, this totally surprises me...........NOT

    August 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. steve kevlin

    well sarah , I guess the message is go back under your rock in alaska and maybe you could see russia....... you bettca.. or isnt that written on your hand.... and go back to making movies Nailin Palin.

    vote indy...

    August 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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