September 20th, 2010
07:32 PM ET
11 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. Jen

    Now how many of these wingnuts are going to survive the general election? Hint: Democrats will keep control of the Senate thanks to trying to elect extremists like Christine O'Donnell. Tea Party Fail.

    September 20, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Clwyd

    Just scary how a quitter and inexperienced nobody can raise to the top! Oh, I guess that is what scum does too!

    September 20, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. hobart

    Just goes to show ya, when unemployment is high, the public rallies to finding someone to blame, whether that be Muslims, Latinos, liberals or whatever. Just like how the Nazis captured the public imagination in Germany.

    September 20, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Doc

    And are you moderate Republicans ready for the quid pro quo that will come of this? You'd best believe that if Palin wants to run in 2012 that your party will have no choice but to support her or suffer the wraith of your own more conservative compatriots. Not that anyone expects you to switch sides but it's for sure they're not listening to anyone that's not on their purity list.

    September 20, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. blahb31

    I love how it sounds like Palin's endorsement is the reason these people have won. Apparently without it, established politicians like McCain, Perry, and Branstad could not have won. I suppose she should endorse the Yankees to win the World Series.

    September 20, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Grahame Rhodes

    Two drunks walk into a bar................Sarah Palin

    A Priest and a Nun are stranded on a desert island..........Sarah Palin

    Hey it really works she's become just a punch line

    September 20, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Marge

    If you had endorsed as many people as Palin did you are bound to get some winners. Seems like the republicans are the ones who are not exicited because the reason Palin's picks won is because only about 10% of the republicans showed up to vote.

    To win final elections you have to have more than that. You betcha.

    September 20, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. MR

    While I have no doubt that Sarah Palin's endorsement has helped a number of unknown, underdog candidates be successful...why the assumption that that the others wouldn't have been able to win without her endorsement?

    September 20, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Russ

    I'm sorry, Palin wins? What the hell did she win? She isn't running for anything. So she endorses a candidate just before the election and that person wins the primary and that makes it a Palin win? I don't quite follow the logic here. That's like when the Colts were up 38 to 7 I started to root for them to win and they did. They wouldn't have won if I hadn't supported them right? OK that's about how stupid this Palin wins crap is. Oh, and I count a lot more losses and TBD than I do wins in this article. Wouldn't get you to the playoffs.

    September 20, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Missy has already had a rack adjustment, now she will have to get that turkey waddle fixed if she hopes to keep those male "polls' up in 2012!

    September 20, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. carlos

    enough of this space trash............................

    September 20, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. CMG

    We think that we have problems now. Put this woman in office, and we will stoop to a whole new level of insanity.

    September 20, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. Mom of 3

    Nobody cares about Palin except the media trying to get a story and her followers that are comprised of the most ignorant and extreme 20% of Americans.

    September 20, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. The Unsub

    who cares! Pailin is just a cheerleader!

    September 20, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    I could care less about what this bimbo says but I love that picture which shows that ugly crosseyed look of her.
    The story about the "studious" glasses doesn't work on her either.
    Yes, thank you for mentioning murphy. We in MD do not fall for the stupidity of this woman as those in other states do. She is from AK. Stay out of MD politics and my bedroom and my life!

    September 20, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. johnRJ08

    How depressing.

    September 20, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. leo PA

    what do this mean nothing...............

    September 20, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. scott

    what makes palin right in her endorsments let alone being the right choice for the country she can say this or that but when it comes down to it the people have the only voice that matters the people will have to live with that choice no matter how good or bad the politics become when a failed politician backed by the media not only has clout to help people get elected, but you have people that follow that path of reason what does that say for those voters for politics for the state of this country? I ask you at what cost do we the people move this country forward?

    September 20, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  19. Peter Hanley

    Give me a break. The Palin wins are empty suites! Any dumb Democratic talking head will have a field day with Palin's selections. Gang .....get real Palin is in this for the money ...... from start to finish. When she was asked to be VP her brain's cash register did not stop ringing. I really really hope that voters are putting the puzzle together in November.

    September 20, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. Ancient Texan

    Sarah has done a fantastic job with the Tea Party endorsements. Keep up the good work, you've found your special niche.

    September 20, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. normajean

    If I were one of these candidates for office, I would like to think that I won on my own merit and not because I was endorsed by Sarah Palin. Many of the candidates she shilled for lost. Maybe they would have won if she hadn't come along and put her face into the picture.

    September 20, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. normajean

    She endorced Carly Fiorina who won the primary in Callifornia and I guarantee she WILL NOT win in November.

    September 20, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. twinsdad

    That picture of her haunts me everytime it's put on her articles!

    September 20, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. Squigman

    Here's an idea who's time has come. To all those who voted for Palin, and are voting for tea party endorsed candidates. The first chance any of you get, take a little time out of your basket weaving schedule, and go in for some electro shock treatments, and do so as soon as possible. It will made the world a safer place.

    September 20, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. Pat

    What did Palin win again?????

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