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(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