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Sarah Palin's Midterm Scorecard: A Winning Record, but Some Key Losses

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Sarah Palin came out a big winner in terms of raw numbers Tuesday, but saw four of her key endorsees take prominent losses in the midterm elections.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee offered her star power -- and the occasional campaign contribution or robocall -- to more than 100 conservative candidates during the primary and general elections.

A Politics Daily tally puts Palin's Tuesday successes at 62 wins, 23 losses and seven contests that are still too close to call, with Palin's candidates trailing in five of those races.

That's a 70 percent win rate, but some of the defeats loom large.

Alaska's Senate race must be the most vexing and bitter of Palin's potential Tuesday losses. Her man Joe Miller finished with 34 percent of the vote, trailing the 41 percent going to "write-in," a.k.a. GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Sarah PalinPalin's political action committee, Sarah PAC, proffered its first campaign donation ($5,000) to Murkowski in June 2009. But it turned out that Murkowski was no "Mama Grizzly" in Palin's book. Palin endorsed challenger Joe Miller a year later, calling him a "true Commonsense Constitutional Conservative" on her Facebook page. The Tea Party Express also endorsed him.

When Miller won the primary and Murkowski decided to mount a write-in campaign, things got nasty. "Lisa, are you going to shut down my Facebook page for writing this?" was the title of a post Palin wrote on the social network site. Another post was headlined "Lisa's gall vs. Miller's Honor." At one point, she quoted Clarence Darrow (of the ACLU and Populist Party) on Twitter: "Joe Miller - do not give up. It's you against the machine. This is it. ' "Lost causes" are the only ones worth fighting for.' Clarence Darrow."

But it doesn't look like Palin power was enough in her home state.

Here's a snapshot of how she fared on Tuesday:

Other big losses:
Palin came out strong for Christine O'Donnell in her Delaware Senate primary against moderate GOP congressman Mike Castle and continued to support her despite allegations of campaign spending problems, bankruptcy and, well, dabbling in witchcraft as a young woman. O'Donnell lost big in a seat the GOP originally expected to pick up (though Palin and her supporters contend that Castle would have lost as well). Former HP executive Carly Fiorina was an early Mama Grizzly, but she lost to incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in California. Palin endorsed Nevada Republican nominee Sharron Angle against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after Angle won the primary. But Angle's antics drove away prominent Republicans, and Reid ultimately held onto his seat. In West Virginia, polls briefly indicated endorsee John Raese might overtake Gov. Joe Manchin in their Senate contest, but it was not to be.

Big wins:
Palin got on the Rand Paul Senate bandwagon in Kentucky early and he proved to be her first win Tuesday. "Mama Grizzlies" Nikki Haley in South Carolina and Susana Martinez in New Mexico won their governorships -- and Haley owes some of her success to Palin, who campaigned for her and stood by her in the face of adultery allegations. Former "Real World" star Sean Duffy won in Wisconsin. And in Florida, Palin endorsed Marco Rubio in the Senate race and Rick Scott for governor.

"Mama Grizzlies" roundup:
Nineteen of the 25 women Palin endorsed in the general election won, and one race is still undecided.

Health-care targets: After President Obama's health care reform package became law, Palin targeted Democrats from GOP-leaning districts who voted for it. Only two of those 20 candidates lost, with one race in Arizona still too close to call.

One other big Tuesday win:
Daughter Bristol Palin stayed alive on "Dancing With the Stars," one of five celebrity dancers left on the show. But -- oops! -- Bristol apparently forgot to vote in the midterms, and Joe Miller (and her mom) can't be liking that.

The 2012 presidential election: This may be what it's all about. With Palin candidates winning in Iowa (Terry Branstad, governor) , New Hampshire (Kelly Ayotte, Senate) and South Carolina (Haley), the original "Mama Grizzly" may be looking for primary payback down the road.


VIDEO: You Said It
Ahead of the midterm elections, we asked Americans across the country what they think about Sarah Palin's political influence. Click the play button below to watch their responses:

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mmmk

Uhm by my count only 1/3 of the people she endorsed were elected.

November 10 2010 at 8:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
italianarias

Don't forget Minnesota where Palin campaigned for Emmer and he's losing to the liberal Mark Dayton. Had she stayed out of our business, we'd have a nice Republican governor -- Marty Seifert.

November 10 2010 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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laclaw61

He is so not liberal. many are saying for him to turn republican.

December 29 2010 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
traderclyde1

Well now, if I didn’t write the script, I never believe it! But in 1980 in Switzerland I listen to a senior official of Japanese government tell the audience how it intend to take over the world using tactics which it has learned so well and has parted them to China and Korea. 1. Make certain the US keep borrowing money, because they will deliver to us (The Asian) the market so we can fund their debt. Trade agreements that so unfair to American companies that make one’s heart bleed. ( example In Korea they can produce 800,000 cars for US market, where USA are only allowed 30,000 cars) Do you idiots now understand why don’t have jobs! 2. Have the American argue about "edge" issue so they will distracted about their policies of unfair, dumping cheap TV, electronics, Solar panels, iron, and other items by using "offset marketing pricing" Offset marketing pricing is where you sell your good at higher price in your country, and dump the good in US market at lower cost. The cost differential allows you making difference in profits. 3. You make certain the current medical cost born by Americans are in place, so that 30% cost differential doesn't change. Hence, the Asian companies can offer free medical services by their government and US companies will have borne the total cost. Thus impact our balances sheets and income statements by 30%. 4. You make certain you the unequal tax system is in place with idea somehow tax credits allow for building job when in reality, tax credits which are not tied to economical incentives like investing in US will tube the country. A tax system where wealth individuals, like me, pay less than a secretary, shame on us. Only thing tax credits gives now are larger potholes in the street, a growing national debt and uneducated kids. I am proud and honored to pay higher taxes to country that allowed me to become a millionaire. Joe the Pumper is selfish man!! 5. Shape American opinions by using "FAD" fear, uncertainty, and deception by owning most of advertising and major newspapers and TV stations like FOX New which owned by Japanese and Korean banks. 6. Tell us and shape our opinions by announcing there is a new world of economics and US can’t compete with “cheap Labor.” But in actuality, with the proper mixture of automation our companies can be competitive. What a script adopted by political leaders of both parties who have bent to kiss the feet of our foreign suppressers, and watch the fall of America.

November 05 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
traderclyde1

Well now, if I didn’t write the script, I never believe it! But in 1980 in Switzerland I listen to a senior official of Japanese government tell the audience how it intend to take over the world using tactics which it has learned so well and has parted them to China and Korea. 1. Make certain the US keep borrowing money, because they will deliver to us (The Asian) the market so we can fund their debt. Trade agreements that so unfair to American companies that make one’s heart bleed. ( example In Korea they can produce 800,000 cars for US market, where USA are only allowed 30,000 cars) Do you idiots now understand why don’t have jobs! 2. Have the American argue about "edge" issue so they will distracted about their policies of unfair, dumping cheap TV, electronics, Solar panels, iron, and other items by using "offset marketing pricing" Offset marketing pricing is where you sell your good at higher in your country, and dump the good in US market at lower cost. The cost differential allows you making difference in profits. 3. You make certain the current medical cost born by Americans are in place, so that 30% cost differential doesn't change. Hence, the Asian companies can offer free medical services and US companies will have borne the total cost. Thus impact our balances by 30%. 4. You make certain you the unequal tax system is in place with idea somehow tax credits allow for building job when in reality, tax credits which are not tied to economical incentives like investing in US will tube the country. 5. Shape American option by using "FAD" fear uncertainty, and deception by owing most of advertising and major newspapers and TV stations like FOX New which owned by Japanese and Korean banks. What a script adopted by political leaders of both parties who have bent to kiss the feet of our foreign suppressers, and watch the fall of America.

November 05 2010 at 11:29 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jgr414155

Sarah Palin is a bright,smart woman. It's the press that has portrayed her as a bimbo. The same press that helped Joe Biden become Vice President. The Left and the RINO Republicans don't like her because they are afraid of her and what she says. SHE SAYS WHAT MOST AMERICANS ARE THINKING. What would happen if the American People were to elect her as the next Ronald Reagan?

November 05 2010 at 9:52 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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dc walker

.you really have to stop listening to Jon Stewart.

November 05 2010 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jgr414155

Who the heck is John Stewart?

November 05 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kevinjbarrett1

Thank you Sarah for helping to maintain power in the senate. Please run for president in 2012. Please,please, pretty please. Just go for it mama grizzly.Maybe turtle head McConnell or orange tan man can run as vice president.

November 05 2010 at 7:04 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Wim

As an outsider looking in, I have to conclude that Americans love loosers. They choose a party who caused an economical meltdown, started unneccessary wars, a party with intelectual leaders like Palin, Beck, O'Reilly. But, you get what you deserve.

November 05 2010 at 4:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lawyer

Palin has this politician thing down already -- she flipped from giving $50K to Murkowski to backing Miller -- in a matter of a few months. Geeeesh Its alll about the "Party Politics" with her, just like the politicos already in D.C.

November 05 2010 at 3:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
oorlov

Hopefully, Republican party still has enough common sense whom to nominate in 2012 to run for President. Candidates should be qualified for this job (however, a few Presidents were rather an exception). Sarah Palin is much better off to stay "ice-hokey mother" as she called herself. Please, people, be more responsible!

November 05 2010 at 2:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pmbalele

All the election brouhahas are over. Now the big question is here. What is the role of TEA Party officials such as Sarah in GOP and in the house of representatives. Is Palin and TEA Party officials going to be lobbyists or advisers to John Boehner? However, it seems John and Republican Party such Newt are already distancing himself from Palin and TEA Party. In all interviews, John is not mentioning TEA Party or Glenn Beck at all. As I warned you TEA Party members before election-GOP has dumped you. It has used you and waiting to use you in coming elections.

November 05 2010 at 2:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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laclaw61

Tea party is the true voice of non-liberal american people. Not politicians or anyone with a political slant except for america. most of them are above 45 and remember what a true america was like.

December 29 2010 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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