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. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    YEEE-HAH!!!! Keep on making those endorsements, Sister Sarah! We love ya! Big Hugs from Hollywood!

    August 18, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Ken

    That is because she is an idiot !

    August 18, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Hank

    Perhaps people are getting tired of you idiotic comments. What she says is on 3rd grade level at best. She appeal to the semi literate.

    August 18, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Beth

    For all you 80's fans...this kinda reminds me of that old Bel Biv Devoe song...

    That girl is poison
    Never trust a big butt and smile
    That girl is poison poison

    August 18, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. vgal

    The people of Washington state make up their own minds. They certainly don't listen to someone who doesn't know our state and isn't from our state. Why should her endorsement matter to anyone outside of Alaska?

    Also, if people continue to call her former gov. Sarah Palin, then they should also call her former beauty queen Sarah Palin. In fact, I think she was a beauty queen longer than she was a gov.

    August 18, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Pragmatic

    Palin's Touch could be a blessing or the kiss of death ... when polled, even conservatives have her running third as a possible candidate so why is she even bothering with elections not in her home states? She could be home raising her newest child instead of wandering in the dessert ... whoops! Forgot! $100,000 speaking fees!

    August 18, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Nick

    A couple weeks is not a trend, everyone has bad weeks. Palin is part of a long term shift however, she will rebound come closer to 2012.

    August 18, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Jeff

    god just look at that picture. this "woman" is a clown and needs to go away. put on 50 pounds and she will look like roseanne.

    August 18, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Shucks

    Keep up the good work! LOL

    August 18, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Christine

    All of her months should have bad starts, middles and ends - she is second to the worst of the worst. Michelle Bachman holds the title!

    August 18, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. themoi

    Having Show-Me-The-Money-Sarah endorse you is political suicide. Who says she's having a bad month? She's had a bad life since she entered politics!

    August 18, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Jack

    Obama isn't doing too great this month himeself: 1. Mosque comments, 2. irgnoring the economy to take multiple vacations and fundraise for democrats that will be thrown out of office on Nov 2nd...0-for-2! (I have a very long list of others, so it could actually be 0-for-1000). November 2010 & November 2012.. take back America!

    August 18, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Marvin

    Hmmm, Maybe America isn't as Crazy as I thought.

    August 18, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. PeterStanley

    Eventually all political hopefuls will figure out that Sarah Palin is "toxic" to their political asperations. And, this is a good thing as she really doesn't have a clue and those that follow here are as dumb as she is.

    August 18, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. SAY WHAT...

    This ignorant fool's 15 mins aren't up yet???

    August 18, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. vinny c

    Who did Snooki endorse in those races? Makes about as much difference as who Palin endorsed, and both ahve about the same level of political credibility.

    August 18, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. MikinAZ

    For her to be 0 for 5 is no suprise. The only reason Sarah Palin Gump needs to be paid attention to is to prevent her from doing anymore damage to our country's policies and future. She has the potential to be a bigger embarassment to our country than GW was.

    August 18, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Are we finally finding out that Caribou Barbie is imperfect? I did notice she kept her big mouth out of our races in CT even though we had as big of a publicity hound as her running for Senate! I felt sure that if she had publicly endorsed Linda McMahon that former congressman Rob Simmons would have run the Republican Primary!

    August 18, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. scott p.

    And I thought there was no good news!

    August 18, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. minutes are up sweetie

    When is she going to fade from our eyes. So sick of this nitwit! If she was a DEM, I'd be very ashamed! RIP GOP

    August 18, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    She is the Kiss of Death.

    August 18, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Sheya

    WOW, how fast you are to condemn her that you fail to even do the minimal of research

    Koster and McMorris

    Making her results this month 2-5

    August 18, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Sally

    Could it be the beginning of the end for the Wasilla Princess? We can only pray that God is slamming those doors shut!

    August 18, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Marcus

    This lady is a joke. An embrassment for women everywhere who work hard to make a name for themselves. She has no political weight and very quickly her party will stop inviting her to events or asking for her help.

    August 18, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Future expat

    First she comes in behind Romney in a poll of Teabaggers' preferences for 2012, now this.

    Could this be the beginning of the end of Sarah Palin? I really really really really hope so.

    August 18, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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