September 20th, 2010
07:32 PM ET
12 years ago

Primary season closes with positive gains for Palin wins

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption= "Sarah Palin ended the nearly nine-month 2010 primary season on an up note last week as more of the candidates she endorsed clinched their party's nominations."]
(CNN) - Sarah Palin ended the nearly nine-month 2010 primary season on an up note last week as more of the candidates she endorsed clinched their party's nominations.

Last Tuesday's primaries saw five Palin-endorsed candidates prevail over their opponents. Kelly Ayotte won the GOP nomination for New Hampshire Senate, with a 1,667 vote-lead over Tea-Party-backed candidate Ovide Lamontagne. "Real World Boston" and "Road Rules: All-Stars" alum Sean Duffy secured the GOP nomination in Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, and Michael Grimm will be the GOP nominee in New York's 13th House district this fall. John Gomez ran unopposed for the GOP nomination in New York's 2nd House district primary race, and Christine O'Donnell upset Rep. Mike Castle after receiving a late nod from Palin five days before Delaware's GOP Senate primary.

Palin also endorsed Brian Murphy in his bid to be the GOP nominee for Maryland governor, but he lost to former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, who handily clinched the nomination.

In primary races, Sarah Palin's endorsement record has been boosted with 18 wins and 11 losses. Palin has endorsed 32 candidates who have advanced to the general election, including: 18 candidates who have won primary races with her endorsement, 6 candidates who were endorsed following their win in a primary race, and 8 candidates who ran unopposed. Her total endorsement tally numbers 44, including one failed special election bid in November of 2009. The general election will take place in 43 days.

The 2010 primary election season closed Saturday, September 18, with Hawaii's primaries, the last regularly-scheduled contests before November's general election. One additional election will be held October 2nd, when Hunt Downey and Jeff Landry will compete in a runoff election to become the GOP nominee for Louisiana's 3rd district House seat.

Race               Candidate                            Endorsement Timing     Primary Result

AL SoS           Beth Chapman                     general                        TBD

AL-02              Martha Roby                        primary                        won

AK Senate      Joe Miller                             primary                        won

AR-03             Cecile Bledsoe                     primary                        lost

AZ Senate       John McCain                        primary                        won

AZ-01              Paul Gosar                          primary                        won

CA Senate      Carly Fiorina                        primary                        won

CA-37             Star Parker                          general                        TBD

CO-03             Bob McConnell                    primary                        lost

DE Senate      Christine O'Donnell               primary                        won

FL AG             Pam Bondi                          primary                        won

FL-22              Allen West                          primary                        won

GA Gov           Karen Handel                       primary                        lost

IA Gov             Terry Branstad                     primary                        won

IA AG             Brenna Findley                     general                        TBD

ID-01               Vaughn Ward                       primary                        lost

IL-11               Adam Kinzinger                   general                        TBD

IN-02               Jackie Walorski                   general                        TBD

KS Senate      Todd Tiahrt                          primary                        lost

KY Senate      Rand Paul                           primary                        won

MD Gov           Brian Murphy                       primary                        lost

MN Gov           Tom Emmer                         general                        TBD

MN-06             Michele Bachmann               general                        TBD

MO-04            Vickie Hartzler                     general                        TBD

MS-01             Angela McGlowan                primary                        lost

NC-02             Renee Ellmers                     general                        TBD

NH Senate      Kelly Ayotte                         primary                        won

NM Gov           Susana Martinez                  primary                        won

NV Senate      Sharron Angle                      general                        TBD

NY-02             John Gomez                        primary                        TBD

NY-13             Michael Grimm                    primary                        won

NY-25             Ann Marie Buerkle                general                        TBD

NY-23 (2009)   Doug Hoffman                      special election            lost

OK Gov           Mary Fallin                          primary                        won

PA-12             Tim Burns                            primary                        lost

SC Gov           Nikki Haley                          primary                        won

SC-01             Tim Scott                            general                        TBD

TN-05              Cecilia Heil                          primary                        lost

TX Gov            Rick Perry                           primary                        won

WA Senate     Clint Didier                           primary                        lost

WA-05            Cathy McMorris Rodgers      general                        TBD

WA-02            John Koster                         primary                        won

WI-07              Sean Duffy                           primary                        won

WY Gov          Rita Meyer                           primary                        lost

Filed under: 2010 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Ms. Palin hasn't won anything. All she did was endorse these guys. You could say what you're saying about a lot of other people. Good grief CNN, I can't believe how much coverage you give her.

    September 20, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |

    Very, very disconcerting the nominees being supported. Even more serious that it doesn't seem to matter how bizzare or far from the mainstream they are, tea-partiers are ready to stand behind them... and behind them previously moderate conservatives. What a shambles if these people get in office!!!

    September 20, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. Clwyd

    Just call her Pathetic, not palin!

    September 20, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. Republicans Are The American Taliban does she do during the March Madness basketball tournament? Does CNN have her win/loss picks for that too?

    September 20, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    CNN? Just tell us exactly what Granny Sarah Grizzly in your headline....

    September 20, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. Snow

    GOOD Just goes to show everyone, the Governor still has it.

    September 20, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Sarah Palin's powerful endorsement impact means several things. Americans still pay attention to strong and consistent personal values.
    Lousy results from liberal philosophies don't cut it in modern America.
    Americans are ready for politicians who represent Main Street citizens, and
    Americans are ready for someone to step up and be a leader, not a puppet to their deepest pocket supporters.

    September 21, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  8. Chrissy, Tx

    Good for Palin. God bless her. And for all those foul mouthed people who are so quick to trash her, look at yourselves first before judging. Take a drink of holy water, maybe that will cool you down! God Bless America!

    September 21, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  9. ABM

    I am sick of her and her family. She has done NOTHING for this country.

    Let's focus on people who actually want to do and are doing something for this country.

    Viva President Obama!

    September 21, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  10. Anonymous

    So the Utlra -Conservatives got more Conservative to the polls than the mainstream Conservatives.
    First- less than half of the registered Republicans turned out for th the primaries and second this says NOTHING about November.
    Palin managed to back the whackos out there like her and got the rest of the cult to go vote.. She is not a leader- look at the polls. 7% of the conservatives in her party want her as President. She is a nothing even within her party, except to the media.

    September 21, 2010 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  11. malabar

    Palin makes thngs happen. love her or hate her, she has more guts than anyone in politics right now

    September 21, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
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