August 25th, 2010
09:52 AM ET
13 years ago

Palin also a big winner Tuesday

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin campaigned with John McCain in March, one of the three statewide candidates she backed ahead of Tuesday who went on to win their race."](CNN) – Sarah Palin's endorsement slump has come to a screeching halt, with all three of the statewide candidates she backed either leading or having won their primary bids Tuesday night.

Palin's most high-profile, and perhaps influential, endorsement came in Alaska earlier this summer - where the former Republican vice presidential nominee backed little-known attorney Joe Miller over Lisa Murkowski, the state's incumbent Republican senator.

The endorsement immediately rocketed Miller's profile throughout the state, as did an endorsement from the Tea Party Express which poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race. Palin's husband Todd also penned a fundraising letter and the former Alaska governor herself recorded a robo-call on Miller's behalf.

As of Wednesday morning, Miller holds a slim 1,960 vote lead of Murkowski, according to an unofficial vote tally by the Associated Press with 98 percent of precincts reporting, with thousands of absentee ballots yet to be counted.

The former Alaska governor also backed Arizona Sen. John McCain – the former presidential candidate who rocketed Palin to stardom in 2008 when he selected her as his running mate. Though members of the Tea Party movement lined up against the longtime Arizona senator, Palin stayed loyal to McCain and appeared at a campaign event with him in March.

Addressing long-standing concern among conservatives McCain is too centrist, Palin said the Arizona senator is driven by "common sense conservative principles" and touted his steadfast opposition to the Obama administration.

McCain beat former Rep. J.D. Hayworth Tuesday by more than 30 points – a definitive victory but one that also carried a $20 million price tag.

In the race for Florida attorney general, Palin backed Pam Bondi, a Tampa prosecutor who faced the better-known Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp for the job.

Palin's endorsement of Bondi came only one week ago and even surprised Bondi herself, who had no advance notice the former Alaska governor would take to her Facebook page to back the campaign.

According to the Miami Herald, Bondi met Palin at a Susan B. Anthony breakfast in Washington a few months ago. Bondi told the paper the two talked about Down Syndrome, which affects Palin's son as well as a niece of Bondi's.

Bondi quickly promoted the endorsement and had Palin record a robo-call on her behalf over the weekend.

She beat Kottkamp by 5 points and a third candidate, Holly Benson, by 9 points.

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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Tj

    Palin has no merit to the vote, SO STOP CNN THIS MADNESS ABOUT HER.........

    August 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. don

    Sarah and Snooky in 2012

    August 25, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. The Other Dale

    Winner? She endorsed a gazillion people and three did ... well, two did well and one did marginally okay. That's like throwing two fistfuls of darts at a dartboard and claiming to be an expert at the game when two hit the board and one dangles on the wall next to it.

    August 25, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. jpmichigan

    The real 'Tea Party movement' not one developed by the Democrats, like in Michigan to get their person on the ballot to confuse voters. The real Tea Party movement endorses a candidate with the same values , moral and ethics most American have. We asked for change and basically we got an Ideology belonging to Progressive Democrats and the teaching of the Black Liberation Theology. White Americans and Rich Americans are the root of all the Black Americans problems. Socialism has taken place of Democracy!

    August 25, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. independent minds want to know

    Republicans are cleaning house.

    Will the democrats?

    We'll see who really wants to fix corruption in government.

    August 25, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    I'd say Stupidity is the big winner, if people are following Palin's recommendations on who to vote for ...

    August 25, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. GL

    Thank you Sara Palin for helping the Republicans party take over by the far right nut jobs that will get crush in Nov. Every media have said all this angry was toward the Democratic and all of the media was dead wrong. The only incumbents that lost to outsiders was on the Republican party. I like to see how the media spin this lie they have been spreading that the people our more angry at the Dems when in deed all or most of all Dems incumbents won.

    August 25, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Dean

    Rock on Sarah!!!!!

    August 25, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. pc

    lets just pray that miller shows more class and less hatred for our president than sarah palin does. this does not look good for the alaska people if they are asking for more of the same sarah palin bigotry , lies and disrespect for our president and millions of americans that voted obama into office. please god let this man be smarter than palin!

    August 25, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    In her battle to find the best RepubliCAN'T means NOTHING!!! Everyone she endorses is so far-right it scares Independents!!!!

    McSAME is in trouble. He used to be a MAVERICK – gave up his MAVERICKism – became something unknown to most who knew him. Now, he most likely will become a MAVERICK again and try to win back those he 'kicked' to the curb and may still LOSE in November. (Oh yea, that's an expensive win – $20 Million dollars – now he will have to spend another $20 Million to beat the Democrat running against him!! I'ts NICE to be RICH!!)

    August 25, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. kate

    This goes to show there needs to be term limits. John McCain has done nothng for the good of the American people. He promises to secure our borders...ha...he has been a senator for many years, why hasn't he done something before now He is so lame. Money got him in. Not Palin. He should resign and let someone who can work hard for the American people....Just a good cushy job. Where was he when he let GW get us into the mess our good President Obama is trying to get us out of?
    This comes from an ex-republican.

    August 25, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Sean

    So.... people are voting for political candidates that are recommended by someone who quit her own term, bankrupted the town where she served as mayor, was found guilty of using state funds to fly her kids around, and has been embarrassed by her own lack of political knowledge several times.

    Well, no accounting for taste. The inmates are running the asylum, folks.

    August 25, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Sgt. Joe

    Not too difficult when you stump for the most popular candidates now is it?I even predicted those outcomes. To give credit to this moron is laughable. How's her Tea Party going? Oh, not so popular lately?

    August 25, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Fish

    Amazing to see people put stock in what this dingbat has to say. A really sad commentary on America.

    August 25, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Don Beal

    At last Todd is in the news. I've been wondering what he does all day while Sarah is out hustling.....politically. Todd's job evidently is similar to the vice-president's, or at least the way it used to be. The VP, one wag said, only had to ask how the President was feeling. If the answer was fine, then the VP could go back to bed. I don't think Todd has to do even that much. What are you going to do today, Todd? Answer: hang around, maybe 'pen' a letter. I imagine Sarah has told him – and, Todd, no more of that Alaska secession crap.

    August 25, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. GL

    Keep Sara Palin in the front so she can be the Republicans Nominee in 2012. She really excite the Dems base and will make sure all Dems will vote in 2012.

    August 25, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Lynn

    Palin and McCain again. Now there's a team that should bring back horrible memories. Follow the logic where our country would have been had they won, scary.

    August 25, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Adalbert

    Palinā€˜s appeal is mostly to those who believe in fairy tales. Like old McCain. Unfortunately, we have more than our share of ignorant people in this country. Many of them are dangerous right wing and religious fanatics from the middle ages with twisted and outdated views on just about everything.

    August 25, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Bill

    "Big" victory for Sarah Palin? Considering the pervasive media coverage of Palin and the tea party, and her home state endorsement, a razor-thin win for Miller seems more indicative of Palin's fading political luster. If the Republicans are to recover, they will need a leader with more substance.

    August 25, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. JFS

    Okay..........PLEASE explain to me how you can be a winner in a primary election within your own party in RED states ??? CNN are you trying to make news ...or...are your loyal readers , whom most DO NOT SUPPORT the right GOP, expected to interpret your HUGE retreat in the last year from US REGULARS( your bread and butter readers) that your intentions are to become an arm of FOX NEWS ??Seems CNN is not concerned about tradition readers any longer???

    August 25, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. leapfrog

    It is clear that CNN wishes to make Sarah Palin a political force. Even though she has zero accomplishments and even though everything she's tried she's either quit or failed, for some reason CNN can't shift the spotlight from her. I suspect it boils down to CNN's need to generate controversy in order attract attention to itself. Any other failed politico would have vanished from the spotlight by now. Because of her good looks and because of her ability to create a stir, we're doomed to read about this person whenever we log into either CNN or Fox. Time to switch to NPR.

    August 25, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Millertime

    God she's an idiot. When will America realize this?

    August 25, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Joan

    She wasn't a big winner at all. McCain's win was a no brainer so he would have won with or without her. Probably his twenty-one million helped more. The close race in Alaska actually shows she didn't have that much clout. You would think a former governor's endorsement should have pushed him to a landslide victory but he may just squeak out the win. Until this morning, who had heard of this other race except in Florida? Perhaps you should run a story on the number of wins/losses she has backed. Last I heard it was only about 50/50 which isn't too great. Your headline is AGAIN misleading.

    August 25, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Tam

    Good Lord,

    We get the representatives we deserve. What happened to intelligence and smarts?

    August 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. phoenix

    palin will make a sexy prexy nice bod strong willed sense of humor

    August 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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