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Palin's Golden Endorsement Touch

By May 15, 2012

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Update 11:15PM est: Deb Fischer is starting to pull away in the senate primary race in Nebraska, and has been declared the winner of the GOP Primary. AG Bruning, the establishment pick, was expected to walk away with this race as little as two weeks ago. It's Fischer 40.2% to 36% for Bruning. Tonight's math formula is Palin > the establishment > Jim DeMint + Freedom Works + Club for Growth.

Update 10:37PM est: Deb Fischer takes the lead in Nebraska. 38.6%-37.2%. Ted Cruz smiling, Dan Llijenquist glad to be last int he primary cycle. Tons of momentum could be headed his way

Update 10:25PM est: Returns show the gap now just 1.2% with 38.1% for Bruning, and 36.9% Fischer.

Update 10:15PM est: With 32% of the vote in, Palin-backed Senate candidate Deb Fisher is within 3% of establishment pick Bruning. The lead has narrowed to 39-36%. Stenberg, who was endorsed by most other tea party groups, is in distant 3rd at 21%. Palin power? Note: The only two general election polls done featuring Fischer vs Democrat Bob Kerrey had Fischer winning by 10 and 12 points, despite low name recognition.

Original Post: In the May 15th Nebraska Republican primary for Senate, John Bruning was the establishment favorite. Jim DeMint and a number of tea party organizations backed a second candidate, former Attorney General Don Stenberg. But days after a poll found a third candidate, Deb Fischer, trailing by 16 points, Sarah Palin gave a surprise endorsement of the underfunded underdog.

Many naysayers have dismissed Palin's influence, instead suggesting that her endorsements had little effect as the candidates were rising in the polls anyway. But the coincidences are far too many and the number of out-of-nowhere candidates to win (or come darn close to winning) are simply too plentiful to ignore. In 2010, it was Governor Nikki Haley in South Carolina, Joe Miller in Alaska, and Karen Handel in Georgia (among many others) who were given big boosts in their eventual underdog primary bids.

Most notably, Sarah Palin did not endorse a candidate for President in 2012, though both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum claimed at one point or another they had her support. (Palin stated she voted for Newt in Alaska, but her "keep the race going" strategy was hardly a ringing endorsement.)

In addition to Fischer in Nebraska, Texas Republican Ted Cruz is touting his Palin endorsement as he attempts to pull a Rubio in Texas and defeat the establishment candidate in the Senate Primary. Two weeks ago, Richard Mourdock ousted longtime US Senator/professional RINO Richard Lugar in the senate primary in Indiana. While many expected to win late, his Palin endorsement was most buzzworthy and his 20+ point margin was much greater than anyone anticipated.


May 16, 2012 at 9:25 am
(1) Founders1791 says:

The hits keep coming Democrats and RINOs

There is only ONE candidate in the Nation that has the “..it..” factor wherever she goes…..

Governor Sarah Palin is Ronald Regan in a skirt

Sarah Palin is the most feared political figure in the nation today by Establishment hacks in both parties.

2012 May – How Sarah Palin’s Irresponsible Rhetoric Prevented Medicare Savings – the left is truly afraid of anything she says.

2012 March – Sarah missing link in GOP Presidential Election…still most popular among them all.

2011 September – National survey by McClatchy-Marist, taken Sept. 13-14, found former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin trailing the president by just 5 points, 49-44 percent. (The key reason: She now leads Obama among independents, a sharp turnaround)

2011 March – Poll Insider: Palin 48.5%, Obama 48% in Ohio (Palin 51-49% W/ Assumptions)

Get over the stale Couric and Gibson interviews as the only reason to hang your biased, bigoted, or hateful hat on. Do you speak Austrian, know of 57 States, or consider Joe Biden ‘worthy’ of #2?

The essence of qualifications is EXPERIENCE. You must delude yourself into bigotry and sexism to ignore the reality that Sarah Palin KNOWS MORE THAN YOU:

Mayor, Oil Regulator, Governor are not experience? PUUUHLEASE.

May 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm
(2) palintologist says:

Well put, Founders!

May 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm
(3) RWRFAN says:

Palin’s power, even as a non-candidate is immence. It’s unfortunate she decided not to run. She has the pulse of everyday people, who are in the majority. down pat. It’s easy for her because she is one of them.

May 18, 2012 at 10:32 am
(4) CharterOakie says:

For those willing to take an honest look and get beyond the hostile narratives of political opponents and professional liars (not always the same group), Sarah Palin is the most impressive leader in American politics today.

Years of executive experience at varying levels of government, including one of the most powerful governor’s offices in the country.

Proven courage and integrity; confronted corruption in her own party. Brought Exxon Mobil back to the negotiating table and achieved a better deal for Alaskans on the state’s oil & gas leases to XOM and other majors.

Consensus builder and leader: her signature pieces of legislation as AK governor had opposing votes of zero and one, respectively, in the legislature. Who else achieves that kind of consensus on major policy initiatives?

Reduced actual dollars spent — not just the rate of spending growth — in each of her budgets. The State of Alaska was recently upgraded to AAA largely, if not entirely, due to Palin’s budget reforms while governor, while the US and many state debt ratings have been downgraded.

She had approval ratings consistently above 80%, the highest ever recorded for a statewide elected official — not just in Alaska, but in the entire United States.

Without Palin, McCain’s loss in 2008 would have been by a far greater margin. She is the one who provided the excitement and energy to that campaign.

Palin’s endorsements, in many cases courageous ones on behalf of underdogs or unknowns, have been game-changers. That’s clearly documented.

She is quite simply one of a kind, and a huge number of Americans trust her completely.

May 30, 2012 at 8:18 am
(5) David A. Raymond Sr. says:

What ever credibility the corrupt and incompetent media had regarding Sarah Palin was washed away by the rain on their faces as they beat on the back of her bus crying ” Sarah let us in!”

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