Sarah Palin’s ‘mama grizzlies,’ including Nikki Haley and Carly Fiorina, to be tested in Tuesday GOP primaries

The “mama grizzlies” running in Tuesday’s GOP primaries are primed to prove that Sarah Palin’s still got a magic touch.

Much has been made of losses by several Palin-endorsed candidates in recent votes: Angela McGlowan lost her Republican bid for a Mississippi congressional seat last week; Vaughn Ward in Idaho failed to win the GOP nomination for a House seat in his state two weeks ago and Tim Burns in Pennsylvania lost a special election last month.

But the former Alaska governor aims to get her groove back Tuesday when 12 states head to the polls for primary elections and several of her “mama grizzlies” — or women endorsed by the former governor — appear on the ballot.

In South Carolina, gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley has had Palin’s full support throughout a tough few weeks of allegations that Haley has had extramarital affairs. Polls still show Haley leading her GOP challengers. Palin’s endorsement — before the allegations surfaced — helped propel Haley to front-runner status.

In California, Palin-backed Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is ahead of the pack. A poll released Saturday shows Fiorina at 37 percent, compared to 22 percent for competitor Tom Campbell and 19 percent for Chuck DeVore.

Palin has also endorsed Arkansas state Sen. Cecile Bledsoe who is a GOP run-off with Rogers Mayor Steve Womack for the state’s 3rd District House seat.

Palin has not endorsed any candidate to take on Democratic Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada. But it wouldn’t be hard to imagine her making Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle a “mama grizzly” if she prevails in her primary against Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian on Tuesday, as polls show to likely be the case. Palin’s brother and father endorsed Tarkanian, and in an interview with The Daily Caller, her brother suggested she stayed out of the race because there are a number of conservative candidates in the contest.

Other races to keep an eye on include the Arkansas Democratic run-off between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Bill Halter, and contests also in Iowa, Maine, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia and Georgia.

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  • rainmaker1145

    I was an ardent supporter of Ms. Palin but have now found out she is as corrupt as the rest of the political class. I wish her the best, but I will not be supporting her any more and I will be discussing this at tonight’s Tea Party meeting for our local chapter.

    Moral: power corrupts all it touches with its magic wand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grant-Devereaux/1317155160 Grant Devereaux

    Picking the candidates with the most money is hardly radical. Palin tends to select her choices based on their ability to win without her endorsement.

    • johanna

      Um, Angela McGlowen?

  • loudog

    Uh oh $arah:

    “Congressional Republicans decided Tuesday to ditch the former GOP vice presidential nominee in favor of the former House speaker for the critical House-Senate fundraising dinner in June 8 in Washington. It’s the marquee Republican event to raise money for GOP House and Senate candidates. The decision to book Gingrich instead of Palin seems to be indicative of growing discontent in the party with the Alaska governor and her potential ability to lead the GOP.”


    • anniebanannie

      This is June 8, 2010.

      “By Chad Pergram

      Published March 31, 2009

      | FOXNews.com”

      Good job on being current in your attempts at trolling.

      • loudog

        Has something changed since April?

        • anniebanannie

          “Published March 31, 2009″

          What year is it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Kirby/549379724 Tom Kirby

    I have been a Palin supporter in the past; however, being a South Carolina resident, how can she be so definitive in her remarks supporting Ms. Haley when no one in SC is even sure if the allegations have any merit or not. She need to sit in Alaska and let the people of SC pick their own governor. By the way, I am and have been a Gresham Barrett supporter. A man of great faith, defender of conservative values and a true conservative.

    • anniebanannie

      So, Barrett hasn’t taken ANY endorsements or help from ANY out-of-state politicians? Are you sure you want to go there?

    • anniebanannie

      Btw, if Barrett was such a man of faith, he would have come out two weeks ago and condemned these “allegations” that were apparently not based on facts but some blogger’s jilted ego.

  • johanna

    I’m proud to see so many strong female candidates running for the GOP. It’s about damn time. Bring on the “Mama Grizzlies!” :)

    • des1

      Agreed. Now the GOP has to find more good minority candidates. The Left has been feasting on the crap myth that they are the party of the little guy for far too long. The only thing most Democrat politicians care about in regards to the little guy is how many of them need to be stepped on in order for the politician to keep his cushy lifestyle.

      • patrick

        check out Faulkner running against Rangel. I know the chances are not good but it is inspiring

      • johanna

        It’s sickening.

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