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. yoyoma

    she's like the female version of the fonz......heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    August 18, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Leah24

    because we not a idiot like her

    August 18, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. AnProf

    Once again, CNN (and the left) is desperate to minimize this woman. Name one other who is 100% ?!! What is her overall "record" on endorsements? What is Obama's????
    As Lincoln said about his general....(s)he is not afraid to fight.....
    And that's what we need, not ambivalent, back-tracking, finger-in-the-wind politicians, but rather clear-headed and honest- spoken people who love our country and will defend it.

    August 18, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Michael

    what a surprise. The trailer-trash who believes in Palin can't even mark the right person because most of them can't read.

    August 18, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. bernice

    No surprises here..Way to go Sarah..keep up the good work

    August 18, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. KLK

    Sarah needs to just go away and stay away.

    August 18, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Cori

    She's the PLAGUE. Anyone that has Palin backing them is guaranteeing their own demise. Run people, run away from the moose killer.

    August 18, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Monrob

    Please enough with this woman; everywhere I turn, she is there, like PacMan! Damn.

    August 18, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. David Kahn

    LOL So if you want to lose have Palin back you. And this is the Repub. Nice

    August 18, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. CR

    Sarah Palin represents ignorant filth. She was the last straw for the Republican Party. They're credibility is zilch.

    August 18, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Keith

    It seems that the Palin endorsement is a kiss of death.

    August 18, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. jerseylou

    HUH.....People are stupid but they aren't crazy to follow this thing you call Palin off the Cliff ! BTW when somebody gives me that free book of hers,i'm going to take it too my special room in my back yard where i do #2 at.And that will be the beginning of the end of it !

    August 18, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Joshua Ludd

    Remind me again why there is one of these stories about Sarah Palin every couple days when she does not hold any office and is not running for any office.. and in fact works for one of CNN's competitors. I don't see stories about others presented as regularly.

    August 18, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. LAD

    0 for 5, thanks for making my day. Can she please go away now!

    August 18, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. cathstar

    May her track record continue! We are sick and tired of her and her narrow-minded ilk. I'm also sick of hearing what great "patriots" all of them are. That crap was brouught to the forefront during the last Republican Convention. Before that, I never knew that only Republicans/Conservatives could be patriots or heroes. Since my father was a Democrat and a Purple Heart recipient, I always thought he was a hero. Guess the Republicans showed me!

    August 18, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    CNN, can you tell us about the candidates that were backed by Heidi Montag and the Salahis?

    August 18, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Bob F.

    The link on CNN's home page reads "Ticker: Palin's month off to bad start". In a probably Freudian slipped read, I read "Ticker: Palin's mouth off to a bad start." Seems to make sense either way...

    August 18, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Geoffrey

    I really don't have an issue with Sarah trying to provide for her family. As a matter of factly, all women should applaud Mrs. Palin for going against the grain. Lets face it, Sarah was a pawn in a foolish chess game.....she won!....McCain lost!.....On the other hand, she 's beeen losing it for awhile...There isn't a real agenda folks. How many newly elected head of states have resigned within 18 months. Listen...I spent three years in Alaska as a soldier stationed Fort Richardson which is located in the city of Anchorage....she's really staring to look silly....Go home Sarah! The good ole' boys don't really care about you or your disfunctional family...She made $12 million last year..take care of your little boy...It's August Sarah....Red Salmon (Sockeye)..Russiab River baby!!! At some point your behavior will work against you..stop!!

    August 18, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |

    This is the BEST news of the day!!!!! YAHOO!!! WAHOO!!!!

    August 18, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Dano

    Maybe Caribou Barbie doesn't have quite as much influence with voters as she thinks, or maybe the tea baggers aren't as representative of the American people as they seem to think.

    OR maybe they're fielding and supporting bad candidates.

    August 18, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. JoEllen

    Quitter-loser supports fellow losers. Hasn't America had enough of her yet?

    August 18, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Brad5013

    Halleluja. Americans are finally wising up that Sarah is all hot air (and in Alaska that' no small feat). I actually wish she would run for prez and suffer a humiliating defeat so we can dispense with this one-woman reality show for good.

    August 18, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Leeta

    I live in Seattle and Dino Rossi is not the answer to our economic crisis in WA state. As a small business owner I know what's good and bad for me.

    Go Patty! US VETERANS in WA state I hope that you support Patty because she's done a lot of good for your benefits.

    August 18, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. d

    She's toxic!

    August 18, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Realistic

    Everytime I see Palin on TV or on her lack luster show on fox, she seems to always that look, you know the look, that look that resembles a *Deer caught in the headlights* look. It says to me she is confused about about what to do or in her case also what to say.....

    August 18, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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