It's been a tough month for Sarah Palin's mama -- and papa -- grizzlies. Still, her endorsement record this year is in positive territory.
After a great June,
several candidates endorsed by Palin lost in primary elections. Four more will take the primary test Tuesday and another six on Sept. 14.
The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate is all over Facebook
promoting her endorsements
. And she's used her political action committee to donate some $87,500
Thus far, our tally shows Palin is 6-2 in endorsements in governors' races, 3-6 in U.S. House races and 4-2 in U.S. Senate races. That's an overall record of 13-10 so far in 2010.
Eleven other candidates she's endorsed face no primary opposition, and she donated to another dozen candidates after their primary election success, including Sharron Angle
, who is challenging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada. Palin said she'll actively campaign for Angle there.
And just today, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of womens' right to vote, Palin endorsed
four more women running for Congress and three running for statewide offices. Only one of the state candidates still faces a primary.
We'll break it down for you a few ways.
First, the losses of the past month:
On the positive side for Palin:
If you consider her endorsements and donations as building a foundation for a 2012 presidential run, Palin has scored in early primary states such as Iowa and South Carolina.
Here's a look at her wins and losses by states:
Governors' races won
: Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.
Governors' races lost:
Georgia and Wyoming.
U.S. House contests won:
Illinois, South Carolina and Washington.
U.S. House contests lost:
Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
U.S. Senate contests won:
California, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio
U.S. Senate contests lost:
Kansas and Washington.
On Tuesday, Palin's biggest bet may be in her home state of Alaska, where incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski
takes on Palin-endorsed challenge Joe Miller. (Keep in mind that Palin donated $5,000 to Murkowski in June 2009, then switched to Miller and anted up $5,000 to him this June.)
Also Tuesday, her 2008 running mate, John McCain, faces a primary opponent in his bid to hold his Arizona Senate seat. Palin also endorsed Paul Gosar
in a four-way race in Arizona's 1st CD. In Florida, Allen West is running
in the GOP primary, hoping to face Democratic incumbent Rep. Ron Klein in the 22nd District.
Palin's final endorsement challenges come in a round of Sept. 14 primaries -- though she could endorse even more primary candidates between now and then.