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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  1. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    And now here come the daily CNN Sarah bashing....

    Love her or hate her she is not going away and she is cashing in big time. I just wish she could find some forgiveness in her Christian heart for those people who live outside of Christianity.

    August 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Clwyd

    The American voter is dumber than I thought! Interesting that Alaska has the greatest credit card debt by double the US average. Isn't this the state where the x-governor, or whatever you call her (America's Biggest Loser)has been complaining about the National Debt? Republicans are all hypocrites!

    August 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. karen from Charlottesville

    Is it possible that Palin elected to back people who were already going to win in order to bolster her own sagging popularity?

    August 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. carlos

    does the dude know how to write??????????? for her.. well, cnn will give us a dose of witches venom

    August 25, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. MikeH

    Barf, CNN, just barf.

    August 25, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. The Other Michael in Houston

    Wow CNN water is wet , the sky is blue, of course they are voting for people she backed, they were dumb enough to vote her as governer. Who cares about Alaska anyway. All they are good for is a few drops of oil and producing idiots like Palin to keep the lower 48 entertained.

    August 25, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Nicole from Ohio

    Great. Now this moronic woman will think that she has the "midas touch".

    August 25, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Steve in Denver

    So, that brings this dim bulb's track record to 7 out of 17? Less than 50% win rate?

    Big accomplishment, Sarah. Keep Russia under control from your front porch!

    By the way: Combat mission ended in Iraq, the stimulus recently credited by CBO with saving 3 million jobs, keeping the unemployment rate 1.8% lower than it would have been, GM still alive and 2 million workers still employed, health care reform passed, actual direction in Afghanistan. I don't like everything Obama has done, but that hopey-changey thing is working great for me.

    So glad we went with the smart one this time.

    August 25, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Oh CNN........ you do love to pander to the Far right! "Palin also a big winner" ........ really?

    August 25, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Four and The Door

    Sarah Palin's star power is just beginning. So many people realize now that the right set of values, the right perspective and the ability to make good things happen are a necessary part of leadership.

    August 25, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. felicia

    Well la-di-da good for palin, ugh cnn you are so foul.

    August 25, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Gosh CNN...your big red banner says Sarah Palin also a big winner Tuesday! Please tell us what she won...

    August 25, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. No-sense makes nonsense

    Wake up! Go overseas. Understand the rest of the world. Grow up and stop living in fantasy land. The Conservative Right is as bad as Fundamentalism in any other religion. You scare me!

    August 25, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. ABM

    I guess it is time to "load up" and vote for the Dem in the general election. So long Republican obstruction...hello progress.

    August 25, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Michael

    I hope ALL of Palin's Picks win the primaries. They will be as successful in November as Palin was in her own general election.

    August 25, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Sam I Am

    One good night does not end a slump. C'mon, be real. So what's next? Palin starts touring trailer parks and gettting the adulation of every uneducated inbred yahoo in the back country, and that makes her a viable candidate? Not a chance.

    August 25, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Rush Goebbels

    Now they can attend the losers tea party ball in November,when the left retains power in Congress.

    August 25, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. Too True For You

    Lord help us all. Come on, folks, we have to get off our butts and fight populist ignorance being perpetrated by the tea baggers and their Queen of mediocrity. We can't let the dummies that put us in this mess grab the wheel again and put us in the ditch for good.

    August 25, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Refudiation

    Those new puppies she's wearing have been very lucky for her!

    PALIN/LIMBAUGH 2012!!!!

    August 25, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Former Republican, but never again!

    I can't believe Americans are so stupid to listen to ANYTHING Palin has to say!

    August 25, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. cj

    Not sure why her endorsements would cause anyone to change a vote , but it never ceases to amaze me how gullible some are and how easlly led people are . In the case of McCain doubtful her endorsement changed votes just what a poor canidate Hayworth was and McCain did his switcharoo on the issues.

    August 25, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Michael

    Palin also backed Allen West in Florida and Dr. Gosnar in Arizona. Looks like she was 5 for 5. Also, keep in mind with her losing streak the media ignored in a few states like Washington state she had congressional candidates win.

    August 25, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Pangloss

    She did not win anything because she is not running and if she was running and did win, she would most likely quit if she was offered more money.

    August 25, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Who cares.

    Palin's ultimate purpose in life is to DISTRACT when things are going poorly, and DETRACT when things are going well. Period. She's nothing but a MEDIA created DIVERSION. As important to the political scene as, let's say, my pitbull, and actually he's got more bite.

    What IS noteworthy though is the striking physical resemblance between McLame and The Quitter. Uncanny. Let's talk about that instead as both topics are equally UNIMPORTANT.

    August 25, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Robert

    Can't she just go away? She's even worse than Elin Nordegren, taking up precious space on my computer screen.

    August 25, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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