Sarah Palin endorses in high-stakes Georgia race
March 27th, 2014
12:44 PM ET
9 years ago

Sarah Palin endorses in high-stakes Georgia race

(CNN) - Sarah Palin strikes again - this time lending her conservative star power to candidate Karen Handel in the jam-packed battle for the GOP Senate nomination in Georgia.

The stakes in the race are high for both parties as Democrats eye the seat in the red state as one of their few potential pick-ups in 2014 – a prospect Palin underscored Thursday in her endorsement.

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"This Georgia Senate race is very important to the Democrats and has long-term repercussions for 2016 as Democrats test the waters to see if they can win big in a red state with a woman candidate," Palin said of Republican hopes to keep the seat and kick Democrats out of the majority in the Senate.

"That is why the GOP needs a strong contender like Karen Handel. She is the conservative candidate who can win this race and hold this seat for the GOP," said Palin in a Facebook posting.

Handel, the former Georgia secretary of state, is one of eight Republican candidates vying in the May 20 primary. The seat is currently held by GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who announced last year he's not seeking re-election.

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Handel trails many of her Republican opponents in the polls, hovering around 10% support in recent surveys. Palin, as well as 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, endorsed Handel in her failed bid in 2010 for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

On the Democratic side, Michelle Nunn is the leading candidate.

The daughter of former longtime Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn, she has never run for office before but her well-known family name could help her cause.

Democrats are hoping a bruising primary could push the eventual Republican nominee further to the right on issues - making easier Nunn's chances in November.

Palin's endorsement of Handel is the latest in a series of Senate candidates she's thrown her star power behind in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, she endorsed Joni Ernst for an open U.S. Senate seat in Iowa. And earlier this month she backed conservatives in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Mississippi for the Senate. Prior to those endorsements, Palin supported conservatives in Texas for a U.S. House seat and the state's gubernatorial contest.

Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee and former governor from Alaska, endorsed a number of conservatives vying for congressional seats in the 2010 cycle, when a tea party-backed wave bumped Republicans into the majority in the House of Representatives. She cut back on endorsements in the 2012 elections.

Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two Independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those seats in red or purple states.

Democrats are also heavily focusing pick-up efforts on the Senate race in Kentucky, where incumbent is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces a primary challenger from a tea party-backed candidate.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Leigh Ann Caldwell contributed to this report.

Filed under: Georgia • Karen Handel • Michelle Nunn • Sarah Palin
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Mark in Seattle

    Is that a "rack" shirt she's got on? Completly bottom of the barrel when it comes to class.

    March 27, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    What difference does it make? All of them have to pass the muster of the thought police. After that, they're toast.

    March 27, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. smith

    Not sure if Palin`s endorsment helps or hurts Handel`s chance at winning.

    March 27, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. rs

    Ahhh. The simple humor to be found in a political candidate's presumed success being founded in the endorsement of one Sarah Palin. When failure and foolishness count, count on Sarah Palin!

    March 27, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Dead Bear

    I hope everyone she endorses loses their races then maybe Caribou Barbie will learn to shut her mouth for good.

    March 27, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Teapotty Party...

    she's our saviour, she saw Russia from her bck yard. She will be the best president ever, then we can have Putin as VP

    March 27, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. wise guy

    She certainly brings out the best in folks, it really is hard not to loathe this human. She insults the Pope, and low and behold, she ended up being the victim again, SMH.

    March 27, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Kata Strophic

    If Palin's endorsing Handel, any Georgia woman with a lick of sense should just have had a plethora of voting questions answered–why in the world would anyone, much less a female–consider voting for a woman who obviously hates other women? Somehow it seems totally frivolous, not to mention flat-out stupid, to back a candidate who's signed on to take women back to the 17th century, unless earlier is convenient. Palin's just turned Handel into the GOP candidate for old white male misogynists. There ain't no glass ceilings in a kitchen.

    March 27, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Why do you think anyone care about her?

    March 27, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. ELMO

    I see the usual suspects here. Nothing new from the Grand Old party.

    March 27, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. JD

    Wow, a Sarah Palin endorsement!!! That's like putting Confederate money down on a house!

    March 27, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Lolo

    Oh Lord, here goes the bimbo from Wasilla again. This lady is dumb as a doorknob. She needs to lay off of the botox and take care of her mentally challenged son. Oh I forgot, the bimbos who hang on her every word have given her enough money so that she does not have to care for him.

    March 27, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Jan Nappylotto

    Yet again, another candidate running on their father's/husband's reputation rather than their own credentials.

    Vote to destroy democracy: vote Nunn!

    March 27, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |

    Isn't she an illigal from Russia ????

    March 27, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. ghostwriter

    At least she has the "girls" on display.......

    Now, what was she talking about again? Screw it....I don't really care.....Back to the pic!

    March 27, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Gwiz

    Anybody who votes for a palin backed candidate should have a very thorough head exam and maybe a 5051 just to be safe this is the same woman who saw russia from her backyard she thought the minutemen were border patrol served 2 years as governor built a 300 million dollar bridge to service 27 people on an island that had a FERRY failed vp candidate shows up at rallys where bigots and white supremacists hang out and were supposed to get nervous when she endorses a candidate please thank her for giving the dems a free seat along with any other endorsements she makes real voters already know that shes retarded

    March 27, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Bigd9749

    This from a woman who said we should pull out the nukes over Ukraine

    March 27, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Steve, New York City

    Palin is back. Wow. When are she and Ted Nugent going to announce their presidential ticket? Maybe Joe the plumber will be their press secretary.

    March 27, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    Kiss Of death from Snooki Palin. Can't wait to see Sheldon Adelson,Grover Norquist and the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty bumpkin wingnut throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.

    March 27, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. MaryM

    Who cares about that ignorant harpie. Palin!. She is a disgrace to the republican party

    March 27, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    "We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn't that ironic?" –Sarah Palin, admitting that her family used to get treatment in Canada's single-payer health care system, despite having demonized such government-run programs as socialized medicine that will lead to death-panel-like rationing, March 6, 2010

    March 27, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Luc

    you got to be kidding where has Karen Handel been since 2008 in a cave. She deserves to loose just having Palin present. Did she have lunch in Palin's backyard overlooking Russia. OMG LOL

    March 27, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. polite centrist

    Can the Republicans pick up 15 seats? They'll need to have 60 to reach the super-majority necessary to control the Senate. Frankly, I don't think either party will succeed in reaching 60, so we will have 2 more years of filibusters and nothing will get done. God bless us all.

    March 27, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. jboh

    Go back to Alaska and shoot wolves from helicopters again. McCain proved his lack of good judgement picking this know-nothing as a running mate. Sen. McSenile should be removed from the Senate for inflicting Palin around with witch doctors and sessionists on America. Her endorsement is reason enough to vote against Handle.

    March 27, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. sonnie3

    Make all the sly remarks about Palin ya all want, just remember that she would be many times better than obama and day. Ya know if you like your doctor or insurance YOU CAN KEEP IT. That is how stupid the lies that come from obama and the floating law called aca that changes on a whim to cover democratic blunder. Maybe they should have read the darn thing/

    March 27, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |