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

Palin goes 0-for-2 on primary night

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(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. Sarah Please...........

    ......Please Google "your problem is obvious" and click on "images" so you can see what the REAL problem is...........

    Then PLEASE go quietly back to Wasilla AND take all the rest of the tea-tards with you.

    You ARE IRRELEVANT and an unnecessary IRRITANT when it comes to American politics.

    Every time you open that hideous mouth of yours, nothiong but STUPID comes out.

    Please just go away.............

    August 18, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Mike

    Wow, when is America going to start doing as they are told and vote for the candidates that our next Queen endorses? We have no respect for authority I tells ya!

    August 18, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. CMS

    Good. Take the rest of the neoliberals with you.

    August 18, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Jilli

    Palins always been a loser in my book.

    August 18, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. BinMESA

    How's that going for ya Sarah?

    Please CNN start reporting more unbiased substance in your news. I am sick of hearing about Sara Palin's right wing wacko ideas.

    For those out there that are unhappy with the current president please realize I voted for Obama because of Sarah Palin.

    Sarah Palin: The political phenomena that was NOT!

    August 18, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Gary

    Way to go Sarah "keep up the great work"!! You are rolling at 0 and 5, love it.

    August 18, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Jack

    Is Palin's 15 minutes finally over?

    August 18, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. sharon

    oh darn..............................

    Guess she does not know it all................................

    August 18, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    The idiot gift from John McCain.......when will her batteries run out. God this woman is a disgrace to all Americans. If I had to listen to her for more than 2 minutes I think I'd kill myself...................idiot

    August 18, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. SoTiredofHatefulRepublicans

    "We've got to get rid of this 'protecting the weak.' If we keep the weak alive all the time it eats up the strong, and then our economy will never come back," he said after a tea-party forum earlier this month in Bellingham.

    This was a quote from the great humanitarian, Clint Didier, who was running for the senate in Washington state (and thankfully had his arse handed to him - although it is horrifying that there were actually 11% of citizenry who supported him). I knew Conservatives have always felt this way, but it was shocking to hear someone actually say it out loud. The weak he is referring to would be the poor, the unemployed, the elderly, children, the sick.

    One has to wonder, as I seem to do every day, how these people can say they are the best examples of Christianity when they seem to be the exact opposite.

    August 18, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. sharon

    Glad to see that the "people" recognize better candiates from those endorsed by a poor ex-VP candidate and her make-shift rebel party. I cannot believe this woman is still holding on to her pipe dreams...

    August 18, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Rick

    I'd like to give Sarah dear an idea of where she can stick those in front, one in back; say, where all the crap comes out; between both sets of cheeks!

    August 18, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Dante

    What a shock...

    I don't understand why this woman is so popular.

    August 18, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Bruce DiMaggio

    Those pics on the internet of her and the Mexican donkey didn't help either.

    August 18, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Ralph

    Everything alse negative about Sarah aside for a moment (including the stupid thumbs up photo): Is there anyone else out there besides me that views this dingbat as setting back achievements of women more than 50 years?

    August 18, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. jj

    0 for 5? Sounds about right for this self-righteous hack.

    August 18, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. The Dude

    Maybe, just maybe, people are beginning to realize that Palin is an intellectual midget and a far right ideologue whose idea of "common sense conservative solutions" would be nothing more than the failed and fully debunked supply-side, trickle-down, voodoo economic stupidity that got us into the mess we're currently in.

    August 18, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Fixer2010

    This is only a reflection of how insignificant and tiresome Sarah Palin is becoming to this country. We are tired of her "mama grizzlies" and "insert stupid catch phrase here".

    August 18, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. JH

    Hang in there ,Sarah! You have more people supporting you than you know. God Bless You.

    August 18, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Ted T.

    Sarah, who?

    August 18, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Michael

    It's good to see that in spite what we hear on Fox news that the American people are smarter than this dumb pig. Everyone that she has supported has lost...and next will be that total moron Sharron Angle. Maybe that "cutsie" think that she's doing isn't working any more...maybe it never did. Go back to Alaska where you can be a retard and they will vote you in...stupid dope.

    August 18, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. JJ


    TeaPartiers are going nowwhere with this bimbo running them!

    August 18, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Mark

    Mrs. Palin, Obviously doesn't know what's good for Washington State. Washingtonians do not claim to "see" Alaska from their house.

    August 18, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. outraged

    PLEASE stop talking about this "No person".
    She is PAST HISTORY,
    POLLS SHOW Most Americans do not want her or any other comparable idiot to represent US.
    We have enough idiots POLI-TICAL (MANY-BLOODSUCKERS)

    August 18, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Jsant

    Lol, I hope she runs for president.

    August 18, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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