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. diridi

    she is an idiot totally,

    August 25, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. librarian

    That says a lot about the sad state of this country. I want my country back and it is not Palin's.

    August 25, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Keith in Austin

    Palin's ever-improving record of candidate endorsements is in stark comparison to Barry's! Clearly, Democrats running for re-election don't want him within miles of their campaigns. American voters have awoken to the pitiful results of left wing Liberal ideology and this is yet another harbinger of things to come.

    August 25, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Liz the First

    Might be a win for the Democrats, too. the wingnuts she endorsed have much less of a chance in the general elections. thanks, Sarah! keep up the good work. you're helping the country without even realizing it. 🙂

    August 25, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Me

    Palin 5-0 last night....Allen West, McCain, Miller, Bondi, Gosar, and on top of those, Parnell.....
    Palin 2012 🙂

    August 25, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. kmp

    I honestly feel bad that the people of AK have the idiocy to fall for Palin hook, line and sinker. She left you all high and dry not to help you all but to make the money and you all feel that she really cares? Personally if you elect this fool Miller you all deserve what you get, hey maybe another bridge to nowhere.

    August 25, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Big Ed

    So what? The octopus had a better record than "Quitter" Palin!!

    August 25, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. DIANA

    Oh great, you have an excuse to shove her down our throats again. These are just the primaries. See what the normal people think about her candidates.

    August 25, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. john

    Endorsements? More like gambles... Way to go on flipping heads 3 times in a row...

    August 25, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Darlene

    The blind leading the sad

    August 25, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. sandy

    Oh big deal. She's still in the looser bracket and that's in more ways than one.

    August 25, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. tim

    "Palin has a big night".

    This is the end of America.

    The end of intellectual curioisty, the end of all Americans pitching in for each other, the end of the hope that the divide between the rich and poor will be closed.

    Say goodbye, folks– and make certain you have an awful lot of money in the far rights new political paradigm.

    If you're not wealthy you are simply screwed ( try no health care and no social security when you have no retirement funds...)

    August 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Hugo

    You Betcha bureaucrats! Time is coming, say hello to a downsized government, salvation from taxation to feed the unproductive ticks!

    August 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Andrew Messenger

    Keep up the good work Sarah!!

    August 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Dex Dean

    Sure speaks poorly regarding the intelligence of this country if they are following the lead of this dunce. Simple question, "what do you read" answer – huh! Come on people!

    August 25, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Jaywing

    I'm rapidly becoming convinced that Americans are perhaps the most dim-witted and cowardly people on the planet. When given the opportunity to take the ethical high ground, to make a statement that says that we are a people who believe in the rights of all humanity, that no terrorist, no despot or dark regime can fighten us into turning our backs on the foundations of our country - equality regardless of race, color, creed or social standing, religious freedom, care for those who cannot care for themselves, free expression through a free press - we buckle at voting time to the bigoted, whiny, fear-mongering Neo-Con far right wing that is embodied in the blithering dribble pouring our of Sarah Palin's lips. To vote for candidates who Sarah Palin endorses is tantamonut to voting to devolve into utter political stupidity.

    August 25, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Another viewpoint

    How terribly sad for America when the big news of the night is not who is going to contest elections in November but rather how "successful" the most hateful and hate-filled American was in her predictions!

    August 25, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Deb

    You missed Palin's endorsement of two other winners West (FL) and Gosar (AZ) for a total of 5 wins, 0 losses. Also, note that she backed 3 other winners: Brewer (AZ), Rubio (FL), Parnell (AK). In my book, she went 8-0 in yesterdays elections. WaPo has her at a total of 20 wins (not including Joe Miller) and 10 losses to date. Not bad at all.

    August 25, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. steve kevlin

    this is what the people of az. want.. now maybe ,, no never mind john still wont fix the border problem. its obamas fault... but hey he got is picture taken with palin...... so now the border problem will go away.. and john will do nothing for another 6 yrs.. way to go az...

    vote indy

    August 25, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. MC

    Big night, what the h are you talking about cnn, mccain's win had nothing to do with her endorsement..he was going to win anyway and as to alaska, they elected that idiot in the first place, big surprise. Cnn is getting as bad as fox, time to stop paying attention.

    August 25, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Andrew

    This is great. As a Dem, I like to see the Republicans push to the right.

    August 25, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Sgt. USMC

    Let other people do the work huh pailin?

    August 25, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Readbetweenthelines

    Who cares, clearly the electorate in Alaska is not very politically savvy (or intelligent) as they put Palin in the governors seat!

    August 25, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Kevin from Co

    Can't wait to see all the Libs stating how they are so tired of seeing Palin stories yet read and post on every single one! I can just see them foaming at the mouth while typing and spewing their hate.

    August 25, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    Is there really any voter out there who is so devoid of a brain that they vote how Sarah Palin tells them? Really?

    August 25, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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