Only a few weeks ago, Sarah Palin's political acumen was a being called
deeply into question. Her recent GOP endorsements--Kentucky's Rand Paul
, South Carolina's Nikki Haley
and Idaho's Vaughn Ward
--were all mired in
political scandals of varying intensities. Fast forward to today, after
one of the biggest
primary night's of the year, and
Palin resembles a modern day Nostradamus. She had four horses in the
race, Terry Branstad, Carly Fiorina, Nikki Haley and Cecile Bledso, and
three won their elections or advanced to a runoff. Giving credit where
credit's due, Politics Daily's Sandra Fish
and Politico's Andy Barr
examine Palin's "winning
- Palin's South Carolina Endorsement Was Huge, writes
Perhaps Palin’s most powerful demonstration came in South
Carolina, where her endorsement propelled a major swing in the polls for
Haley’s primary campaign for governor and sustained the state
representative through accusations of two separate affairs.
decision to get - and stay - involved in the race here in South
Carolina was a huge boon to our campaign, because it caused a lot of
South Carolinians to take a second look at a rising in the polls but
once-little known state legislator who was fighting to give them back
their government,” Haley spokesman Tim Pearson said of Palin.
was quick to defend Haley from blogger Will Folks, who claimed to have
had an “inappropriate physical relationship” with Haley, writing on her
Facebook page that Folks was trying to “make things up.”
recorded a robocall for Haley in the closing days, urging South
Carolinians to ignore the “made-up nonsense.”
- Ditto for
California, writes Fish:
In California, Palin endorsed Carly Fiorina early in May and made robocalls on the candidate's behalf in recent
days. After winning Tuesday, Fiorina now takes on Sen. Barbara Boxer in
what should be an epic battle given Boxer's 28 years in Congress and the
former Hewlett-Packard chief executive's deep pockets.
Took Risks, Too Bar takes note of her Iowa endorsement: "Palin..
surprised some conservatives with her endorsement of Terry
Branstad in the Iowa gubernatorial race over Bob Vander Plaats, a top
aide to Mike Huckabee’s 2008 operation in the state and a grassroots
favorite. As with Fiorina, Palin was able to successfully reassure many
troubled fans that Branstad was indeed a strong conservative amidst
protests on Facebook." Meanwhile, Fish notes Palin's close call in
Palin came away unblemished in one race in which she almost -- but
didn't -- place a bet. Although she gave a shout-out to former Nevada GOP chairwoman Sue
Lowden at a breakfast meeting last month, Palin never actually
endorsed her. That proved wise, as Lowden fell hard to Tea Party
favorite Sharron Angle, who now faces Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
in the fall.
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