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. Buster

    The Tea Parties will clean out the Republican people who have supported nobummers tax and spend policies. The demorats can do whatever they like until November when any tax and spend demorat will be defeated. Oh the Winds of Change sure smell's sweet.

    August 25, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. K in Miami

    I would bet my life most of the republican leadership wants nothing to do with this despicable person we have come to know as Sarah Palin.

    She is extremely hated by the majority of this country, the small fraction of people infactuated with this childish ignorant person is much smaller than most believe....

    I can't wait for the day that we never have to here from this person again, why oh why come she couldn't have been in that plane that took TTed Stevens from us.....!

    August 25, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Geoz

    But will she endorse Bristol's ex as mayor of Wasilla???

    August 25, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. obama victim

    Good Morning afraid.........very afraid

    August 25, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Jimbo (the real one)

    All good news for the dems since most of these Pailn backed candidates are too "tea party" to win in November...

    August 25, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Navybill

    Hey folks the lady is batting .500 which is nothing to slouch about. So, as my Pop would say, "Is your life half full or half empty/" Have a great conservative day.

    August 25, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Dave

    Am I missing the point here? The vast majority of the candidates Palin has backed have lost. The one here that won was in her home state (strongest base) and only won by the slimmest possible margin (51%). How is that a sign of political strength? Losing almost all your races, and only winning in your home state, and even then by the tinniest possible margin. Huh?

    August 25, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Stopglorifyingmorons

    CNN...please stop glorifying morons such as Palin. Do not lend a voice to unreasonable and illogical people.

    August 25, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. CNN is in luv with Palin!

    Seriously CNN, this woman could blow wind and you're all over her nuts! this woman has NOT succesfully endorsed anyone! most allllll of them have lost their elections so stop with this ridiculous non sense!!!

    August 25, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Palin loves this country unlike Obama

    Go Sarah!!!! You've got those liberal heads spinning!!!!!

    August 25, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Byrd

    Palin won absolutely nothing. Nothing. The people running the races may have won, but Palin is still nothing more than a governor who wasted both the time and money of all Alaskans by resigning rather than completing her term. So why does the Press continue to lend her credibility where none is to be found?

    August 25, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Robert

    who is Sarah Palin?

    August 25, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Santa Fean

    Golly Gee I sure hope Mrs. Palin runs for President! She is so smart and well read. I am looking forward to the abolishment of reason and science and the return to good old fashioned values like unrestricted big business, no rules on clean air and water and drill, baby, drill! Whoo-hoo won't we be the envy of the world?

    August 25, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. OKC

    What is WRONG with this country? Palin's endorsement should be a red flag for anyone who votes. Why in the world would anyone in his or her right mind vote for a candidate backed by Palin?

    I guess I expect voters to be more intelligent than they really are!

    August 25, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Freddy804

    I say let the TeaParty win all the Senate Seats. And lets sit back and watch this country really go down the tubes..

    These people are stuck in the 50's.

    August 25, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Tina, NC

    Excuse me, was Palin on the ballot somewhere? Saying Palin won anything is like saying I won the superbowl because I picked the winning team. God I'm so sick of hearing about this woman. Will the "lamestream media's" love affair with that woman EVER end?

    August 25, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |

    Nice going Sarah for picking several Republican Candidates for office
    but this doesn't mean that they are going to beat their Democrat or Independent opponents in the final elections. Time will tell!

    August 25, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. ficheye

    Sarah Palin is an alien and still threatens this planet.

    August 25, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Two for tea

    And so it goes.....

    The rich get richer and the dumb get dumber. Winning a primary is one thing, winning in a general is another. Tea party extreme will not play well with most voters in November.

    August 25, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. AEK

    Who cares? She's a tool!

    August 25, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Lori in St Pete

    Forget about the allegations that President Obama isn't American. Listening to dim bulb barbie trying to string together a coherent sentence or reading something that she has written/tweeted, it's obvious that English ISN'T her first language.

    August 25, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Jasmin-NY

    I have been wondering where Sarah Palin's strong Power comes from? SARAH PALIN IN 2012.

    August 25, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. gmsingh

    A screeching halt–at the least populated state in the union? You're kidding, right?

    August 25, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. MaryAngeline

    Hopefully these candidates would have succeeded without Sweet Stupid, Shoot-from-the-Hip-without-Thinking Sarah's endorsement. This still does not make her electable in her own right. As a country, we are too smart for that. As for myself, I would never again look upon John McCain favorably again because of his choice of her as a running mate and thereby inflicting upon the rest of us her vacant comments on everything under the sun.

    August 25, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Jon

    Yes, Palin is definitely a winner and Obama is a miserable failure if you look at every directions of the country now, the jobless, economy, war, giant spending and sky high deficits.... Oh, my god! Will you run your family like that?

    August 25, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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