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. Joe

    Glad to see real Republicans are beating these Tea Party insurgents.

    August 18, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Sue

    The closer it gets to mid term elections the people are going to pull away from this woman........

    August 18, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Ray Padilla

    Are the Republicans serious about this! c'mon what about Mitt Romney? He is the lead candidate for 2012!!

    August 18, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. George

    Who says that there's never any good news?

    August 18, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Irma in North Carolina

    Maybe Sarah is seeing the light here, could she just fade away. That way we wont have to listen to all her hate and lies coming out of her every day. Getting so sick of her bashing the president every day, but when some bashes her it is a different story.

    August 18, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. normajean

    Palins endorsement has been called "The kiss of death" for some time now. Wouldn't you think people would get the word?There is a faction of our society that follows her every move but it gets smaller by the day. The rest of us couldn't take her from the very beginning.She's fading fast.

    August 18, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Julie C

    Could it be that most folks with any level of intelligence understand the connection between Palin endorsements and extreme nutcakes?

    August 18, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Jon Better

    She has the kiss of death.

    August 18, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Dal from CA

    Sarah it is about time that you hung up your spurs and go back to the porch in Alaska. The best thing for you would be to let us know when the Russians are getting frisky to invade USA.
    Thank you and please RETIRE.

    August 18, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Jeff in Houston

    Is it actually possible the rednecks are waking up to see what this mindless, Bible thumping cow actually represents? If so, there is hope for this country.

    August 18, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Truth

    So far Ms. Palin is 3 wins and 5 loses for August.

    Won – Tom Emmer for Governor in MN
    Won – Cathy McMorris Rodgers for U.S. Congress in WA-05
    Won – John Koster for U.S. Congress in WA-02

    Lost – Todd Tiahrt for U.S. Senate in KS
    Lost – Karen Handel for Governor in GA
    Lost – CeCe Heil for U.S. Congress in TN-05
    Lost – Col. Rita Meyer for Governor in WY,
    Lost – Clint Didier for U.S. Senate in WA

    August 18, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Ian

    when will Mama Grizzly to realize she is a political disaster and go into hibernation?

    August 18, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. KF

    It is time people start realizing she is all mouth, with no substance, and laughing all the way to the bank.

    August 18, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. IKHAN

    where was Sarah Palin's heart, sensitivity & patriotism when Mr. Benjamin Natanyahu declared in April of 2008 that:

    "9/11 has been very good for Israel"
    " We are benefiting from the attacks on Twin Towers,Pentagon and America struggling in Iraq".

    Where were you then Ms.Palin?

    August 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Naturalizedcitizen

    Sarah Palin is a powerful women with no 'real' power. She ditched the only power she had while serving as Governor. Now she's no more than an empty angry opposition voice, just like the other failed ex GOP candidate. At least McCain still have his senate seat, if only he can make more sane arguments these days. Those with powers won the election and should govern for the good of the country rather than for the partisan politics.

    August 18, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    It appears that a Palin endorsement amounts to "THE KISS OF DEATH" to any candidate looking to get elected to office. I see why Democrats wanted to keep her front and center.

    August 18, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Nisha

    My Philosophy : Do not vote for any candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin

    August 18, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Dan

    It's only natural, isn't it? When you are a looser yourself, you pick loosers.

    August 18, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. macguysea

    Palin is a loser... Didier actually lost... and Rossi will lose in November. Mark my words!

    August 18, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Dee

    Maybe just maybe people will stop using her for there endorsements and she will go back to Alaska and do her hunting, fishing and whatever else she can do and we will no longer have to see HER.

    August 18, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Bev Brown

    Well, I guess it shows you that she is really not the brightest crayon in the box. Hee, Hee Hey Fox News and company when are you people going to figure that out and start telling the truth about her and what she stands for. I know, I know guys, you think that she is a doll, you do know what a doll is don't you? An empty headed play thing!

    August 18, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Marc from Florida

    The ex-Governor does draw crowds, the kind that enjoy watching a circus act. What she can't draw are votes. Sooner or later political hopefuls will figure it out. Anyway, enjoy the Palin show – it is worth the price of admission. MJY

    August 18, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. blue

    Does she not know that her fifteen minutes are up? She does not know enough to open her mouth.

    August 18, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Eddie B

    Palin is a novelty, fad, sideshow, whatever, but she has no legitimacy. No one with a common sense brain in their heads ever wants her anywhere near the White House. Could you imagine her as President during these tough times. GOD NO!!!

    August 18, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. SkiDoc

    Revel in it libbers! Just wait and do the box score in November.

    You betcha!!

    August 18, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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