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. Mark B.

    You wish. If the election were held today for President – She wins straight up against the incumbent.

    August 18, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. lforlegend

    0 for 6.5 when you count her as the Biggest Loser.

    August 18, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Bobby Nakka

    Who ever thinks Palin is relevant are not coherent..... I am a republican and I feel like people who actually pay attention to her are not that sound mind anyways. I have not heard her say a single thing that made me think positively of her candidacy. She is just riding the wave while she can. If anyone thinks she can win the republican primary for 2012 they need to lay off the crack pipe.

    August 18, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Hmmmmmm

    ........ Could Sarah just be the kiss of death like the McCain folks said?

    August 18, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Bessy

    Come on Sarah ! Keep endorsing these losers. If any of them had any sense to begin with they would tell you to stay the hell away from them.

    August 18, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Engineer in Raleigh

    How's that loser, quitter thing workin' out for ya, Palin?

    When Republicans finally wake up to the fact that you're a clueless empty suit (two years late, BTW), you can pretty much write off a political career anywhere.

    Oh, well, there's always the Fox News Republican welfare circuit.

    August 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Minnesotan

    I would say that a Palin endorsement is the "Kiss of Death," but it's more like the "Kiss of Stupidity."

    August 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Cat

    Maybe white folks finally realize this woman is stupid. She probably don't even know any of these people she's endorsing.

    August 18, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. The Other Micheal in Houston

    She is O for 5 because people realized how insane the Tea Baggers are.

    August 18, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. mswoman

    This is an example of White Affirmative Action at its best.

    Sarah speaks "NOT" for me.

    August 18, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Traj

    Where are this ladies' kids. Especoially the one wiyh special needs from his mother that she popunced around like a silver dollar. i really wonder why the media is not asking Her that. Oh yeah, CNN, you seem to be joining FOX and reporting only bad news about the president. why won't you all report the good things he's doing? Rush must have given his stiff and stern warning to you all.

    August 18, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Edward

    Republicans should nominate her so that we can see who really needs a teleprompter when they debate. Obama is a complete policy wonk and he would surely slaughter her in any debate that requires insight into and economic or national security policies. Normally I am not the kind of person that would wish anything bad on someone but with the things that she says about Obama she deserves it. She stated that he's out of his element, well they should have a debate fon the issues in 2012 and we'll see who's really out of their element.

    August 18, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Palin loves this country unlike Obama

    Sarah Palin loves this country and vocalizes its greatness. She is a true patriot.
    When you think of "patriot", does Obama ever come to mind? No, of course not. He hates this country and everything it stands for. He goes to foreign countries and bows to dictators, accepts anti-America books from dictators, and apologizes for America. He surrounds himself with America-hating communists because he, himself, is a communist.
    I would once love to hear him say that he loves this country and that the founding fathers got it right with the Constitution. I want to hear him say that liberty and freedom is the cure to the oppressive forms of communist government. I want to hear him say that he believes that American people and American businesses are the best choice for pulling our economy out of the dumps. Lower taxes/Shrink govt!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Neil

    I'm hoping this is good news.It would make my day if this silly twit were to go away and never be heard from again.If she ever has any position of power say goodbye to womens rights,ANWR,seperation of church and state and a laundry list of freedoms.

    August 18, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Take America Back: from Texas

    OK.....if Sarah Palin had a "bad August" due to her not hitting on her endorsements, the Obambi had a really, really, really, really, really, really, BADDDDDDDDDDDDDD August!
    It is amazing at how many Liberal Left Whackos really hate Sarah Palin.....all 100 of you.

    August 18, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. jae

    excuse me, I was just LMAO. this lady who could not answer a question without saying, "unrepented domestic terrorist" is endorsing who. why and how is she able to endorse anyone? PEOPLE, SHE QUIT HER JOB AS GOVERNOR of Alaska!!!! The biggest state with the fewest people. she quit 2 years in. and she is a presidential candidate how? U know, I hope she is the presidential candidate for the republicans though. guarantees 4 more years for the greatest president that we have had, Mr. President Obama. For all those who oppose him that makes less than $200,000 per year, your an idiot and a racist. He is trying to lower your taxes, but no, "he's gonna take our guns, he's gonna take our lives, he's gonna take our country!!!!" that is why we call you racist. Tell us, what has he taken that GWB didnt take? $4.00/gallon in gas. Your right though, government should not intervene with Business, right? that is why we call you an idiot.
    To Dan Quayle's son, 1st R U Kidding me? ur dad couldn't spell tomatoEEEEEEEEEEEE. He was the worst vice president ever!!!!! u look like u were beaten up in school everyday from the girls you skinny, big nose, carrot top, RACIST. UR calling President Obama the worst, 1.5 years after Bush? That is why your are racist. U use the same talking points as FAUX News. Try coming up with your own SPECIFIC points then u may turn into a band member in high school, but right now, u r no better than the kids who has classes in the basement, u know the ones they say have a behavior problem. OH UH, most of them are Black, OH NO!!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Chris - Denver CO

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Shee is giving the Buddy Christ sign!!

    Look sh

    It just shows she is even more worthless in the continental 48 than Alaska and I bet the people in Alaska are getting really mad at her for making them all look stupid!!

    Sarah go home!!!


    August 18, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Dustin

    Sarah Palin 0 for 5 means there is some common sense left in the nation.

    August 18, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. TM

    The only candidates that Saint Sarah has endorsed so far that have won their primaries are those that were ahead by more than 10 points BEFORE her "endorsement". The "Disaster from Alaska" is a political gift for her opponents. Times are hard, and voters want REAL solutions, not Caribou Barbie's Canned Tripe.

    August 18, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. XWngLady

    Myabe voters are starting to see the light, or are disgusted by her foul mouth talking about the President's testicles (cajones). Ugh! Or they saw the video of her rolling her eyes at a teacher who was asking her legitimate and very simple questions that she couldn't even answer.

    Whatever the reason, I pray that people open their eyes and do not allow themselves to be hornswaggled by the likes of her and her tea bagger klan.

    August 18, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Ellid


    August 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. josephine

    When is it going to your heads that this weirdo is a loser. She is a negative and the better you disassociate from her the better this country will be. She is a trainwreck waiting to happen.

    August 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Craig

    Why is this moron always in the news?

    August 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Laurie

    Boy that must be a blow to super ego Sarah. Everyone knows that McCain and Rubio are going to win, so in essence, her endorsements probably have little to no bearing on either of those racists. Maybe Mama Grizzly isn't quite the powerhouse that she thinks she is. She is and always will be, however, a legend in her own mind.

    August 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. hobart

    Slowly the Republican Party is coming back to the Center, where you have to know something about history and policy, rather than simply being willfully ignorant whilst prattling hate speech.

    August 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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