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. Ed

    What!!! No suprise.

    August 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Alaskan

    Sarah is a disgrace to Alaskans...according to a poll only 41% would vote for her for president! I am not surprised that Republicans and Alaskans especially do not care what her big mouth says anymore.

    August 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Melissa

    And this shocks us??

    August 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. ATL Guy

    Those Mama Grizzlies have rabies.....

    August 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    Following are a couple of quotes from a recent article on China addressing their impressive progress: "And while the United States and the European Union are struggling to grow in the wake of the worst economic crisis in decades, China has continued to climb up the economic league tables by investing heavily in infrastructure and backing a $586 billion stimulus plan.", a statement that would seem to indicate their 'liberal' programs are working; and the following statement "While the country is still relatively poor per capita, it has an authoritarian government that is capable of taking decisive action — to stimulate the economy, build new projects and invest in specific industries." points out their apparent ability to easily control and contain the negative pressures of unchecked capitalism (such as run-away greed, gross dishonesty and self-indulgence) that other governments can literally be stalemated and even corrupted by.

    In contrast to China is America actually rapidly declining, facilitated by an unchecked 'more for me for nothing' mentality, and heading quickly towards 2nd class status? Without ever advocating the dismantling of Democracy or the acceptance of a totalitarian government but instead conscientiously asking whether America is actually loosing ground – like in the 'fall of the Roman Empire' – with it being the natural result of excessive self-indulgence? If that is the case then the people, the voters, have to be co-responsible for blindly following where self-interests are being promoted, for not holding their representatives to a higher standard of honesty and responsibility, for self-servingly accepting the subterfuge offered to rationalize the irresponsibility and for being naive in thinking ‘the piper doesn’t have to be paid’. In 2001-2008 we saw and suffered the drastic affects of government being totally focused on the few while giving the majority only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge to justify and manipulate – we can’t allow ourselves to now be conned into returning to ‘more of the same’. The people/voters have to first be responsible in order to then make government responsible.

    August 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. manuel torres

    Dude you most be in love with the governor. Do you go after Obama the same way? He hasn't done to well lately.

    August 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. boocat

    An endorsement from this yoyo is the "kiss of death." If I were a Republican, I sure as hell wouldn't want her endorsement.....

    August 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. deb

    If I were a Republican I'd stay so far away from this train wreck of a person it wouldn't even be funny! She's the idiot of the century.

    August 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Papasan in AZ

    Palin is political poison that the GOP will be suffering from for years to come.

    August 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. John Bosco

    While the statue of liberty stands as an achievement to the American people, this woman is a disgrace to the nation.

    August 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Garmac

    Awesome Sarah!!, please continue to pick up losers like you!!! that's a big help to keep lonatics out of congress or the house!

    August 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Retired Army in San Antonio

    This is the ultimate 'Guilt by Association' scenario. Increasingly, PEOPLE don't like or trust Palin.

    Basically, the gig is up......America has wised up.....Palin equals the 'Kiss of Death' to political aspirations of those who get to close to her!

    My now she'll fade into oblivion. Yeah.....I doubt it, but we can always keep our fingers crossed!

    August 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. lstro

    Perhapes voters are finally beginning to realize Shara Palin for what she is not, a leader. Better late than never.

    August 18, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Brian

    Can we please stop giving Palin press she does not deserve.

    How many other small town mayors or govenors from remote rural states, who do not understand global, national, or cultural and social issues of our times get this kind of press?

    Dan Quayle who looks like a genius next to Palin never got this kind of media attention and he actually became the Vice President.

    Please CNN and all other news agencies, sell us news that matters, not stories that are all about numbers.

    Get rid of Palin once and for all.

    Thank you.

    August 18, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. ED FL

    She is finding out she doesn't have the COJONES to compete with real American people. Not everybody is as dumb as Alaskans.

    August 18, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Grog in Ohio

    Bah... this written as if Sarah Palin actually cares about governance and principles. The evidence so far is that she merely wants to get paid. Why else would one quite midway through a gubernatorial term?

    August 18, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. anagram_kid

    The only thing she should be endorsing is the company that makes her hair extensions. Even though she has no political, leadership, educational, journalistic or communication skills, she has purchased some really nice hair. BTW, does a photo of her without her mouth open exist?

    August 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Marnie

    Anyone who inspires Sarah Palin deserves to lose.

    August 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Katie B in NC

    The recent poll where people said they'd be more inclined to vote AGAINST a Palin-backed candidate appears to be accurate. Her endorsement has become a liability.

    August 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Mah

    Kiss of Death.

    August 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. jim of Raleigh

    Palin like Obama has no power in this new day in politics. Endorsements are only as good as the candidate and a few, if any votes from a stranger isn't going to make a differencem in a local election and Everett Dirksen said all politics is local.

    August 18, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    I hope that she wins one next week. It is obvious that Hayworth is a dope, and John McCain is clearly the better candidate for that seat.

    (At least until November.)

    August 18, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. robert austin

    Why does the media give so much credibility to Palin? She is the Lindsay Lohan of politics. She talks nonstop but says very little. It seems that no one will be happy until the world is controlled by the sensationalist media and the loud mouthed know-nothing politicians. CNN used to be a class act. Oh how you have fallen.

    August 18, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Boo-Yah

    Maybe now the other politicians and people will start to realize what whack job she truly is and how her finger pointing and lack of real solutions are not what this country needs.

    August 18, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. shoegazer

    It would seem she has about as much luck picking candidates as she does son-in-laws.

    August 18, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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