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Archive for the ‘Palin Endorsee’ Category

Handel Remains Optimistic While Awaiting Official Count

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 11, 2010

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UPDATE:  The Wall Street Journal reports that Karen Handel has conceded the Georgia governor’s race.  This is, of course, a disappointment to her supporters, especially since the final election results are not in yet.

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel on Wednesday conceded the race for the Republican nomination for governor, throwing her support behind former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal.

Ms. Handel, who trailed Mr. Deal by less than 2,500 votes out of more than a half-million cast, said she would not seek a re-count in the race. Under Georgia law, the runner-up can request a re-count if the margin is less than 1% of the vote.

Mr. Deal will face Democrat Roy Barnes, a former one-term governor, in the November general election.

“The best thing for our party is to rally around Congressman Deal as our nominee in the fight against Roy Barnes,” Ms. Handel said in a statement released by her campaign. “Barnes would return Georgia to a past that is best kept in our rearview mirror. We must marshal all of our resources to defeat him.”

In unofficial returns, Mr. Deal and Ms. Handel each claimed 50% of the vote with 99% of precincts reporting. Mr. Deal held a lead of 2,489 votes with an unknown number of provisional, overseas and military ballots yet to be counted.

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Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said, “Secretary Handel has put her state and her party before herself today. She acted as a true statesman and we are very appreciative of that. With her gesture, we are now able to focus our full attention as a party on defeating Roy Barnes in November.”

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Ms. Handel had been the presumed front runner. She catapulted to the top of the seven-person GOP field in the July 20 primary—outpacing Mr. Deal by 11 percentage points. An endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin helped. Ms. Palin flew across four time zones on Monday to stump for Ms. Handel in Atlanta in a rally designed to lift the former secretary of state across the finish line.

Earlier we wrote:

The GOP governor’s race runoff in Georgia is too close to call.  It may be next week before the final results of that race are known.  Since the race is so clsoe,  a recount may be requested by either candidate at that time.  As reported on the Georgia Elections Central page at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Palin Endorsee Karen Handel remained optimistic last night that the large number of uncounted absentee ballots could pull her over the top.

Update 11:09 p.m.: Handel just spoke to supporters. Her voice sounds a little hoarse, understandably as it’s been a long day.

“What an incredible, incredible night,” she said. “I came down here to say thank you. You’ve been following all the numbers. I think it’s going to be a little bit longer. There are a lot of absentee ballots still out there to be counted. Keep our fingers crossed and be optimistic.

“This is a great, great campaign. We remember when we started that no one, no one thought we’d be able to come this far. I feel optimistic. There are a lot of absentee ballots out there.”

She thanked her staff, her husband Steve and sent the crowd into a frenzy.

“We’ll stay optimistic the rest of the night,” she said. “Let’s be optimistic, keep the faith and party on!”

Ashley Fielding at the Gainesville Times reported this morning on a statement by the office of the Secretary of State of Georgia : 

A decision in the Republican race for governor in Georgia may not be official until early next week.

A spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office said Wednesday morning he could not say for sure how many ballots are left to be counted in the hotly contested Republican runoff between Nathan Deal and Karen Handel.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Deal has a 2,489 vote lead over Georgia’s former secretary of state.

Whether that lead will hold could hinge upon the number of outstanding ballots left to be counted.

“I just don’t have access to that right now,” said Matt Carrothers, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office.

Voters who cast a provisional ballot due to questions of eligibility on Tuesday have until the close of business Thursday to return to their local elections office and clear up any issues.

Members of the military and voters overseas have until Friday to return their ballots.

Once those ballots are official, local elections offices must tabulate their final voting numbers and send their certified results to the Secretary of State’s office.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp likely will not deem those results official until sometime next week, and if the margin of votes is within 1 percentage point, the losing candidate has two business days to ask for a recount, Carrothers said.

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Sarah Palin Endorses “Straight Shooter” Rita Meyer for Governor of Wyoming

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 30, 2010

Complete transcript of Governor Palin’s Facebook Note:

Rita Meyer for Wyoming

Today at 12:40am

I am proud to endorse a straight shooter for Governor of Wyoming. Rita Meyer is ready to put her years of valuable public service to good use in the state’s beautiful capitol.

Before serving Wyoming with distinction as State Auditor, Rita served our nation as a combat veteran of both Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom who achieved the rank of Colonel during her 23 years of service in the Wyoming Air National Guard.

Wyoming is a beautiful, resource-rich, independent state that is ready for Rita. She may not have millions of dollars to campaign with, but she has enough volunteer human resources and is running her campaign the old fashion way – grassroots and gritty! Voters know that Rita has a unique blend of steel magnolia and mama grizzly. Her true grit has not escaped the eye of other Americans who know that at every level of political office we all benefit with commonsense constitutional conservatives in service.

Please join me in supporting Rita by visiting her website at www.ritameyer.com and following her on Facebook and Twitter.

– Sarah Palin

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Palin Endorsee Mary Fallin Leading Oklahoma Governor’s Race

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 29, 2010

Chris Cillizza at The Fix reported on a big win for Mary Fallin in the Oklahoma governor’s primary on Tuesday:

Rep. Mary Fallin (R) and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins (D) are headed toward a battle in the fall for the Oklahoma governor’s mansion, setting up a race that will see the Sooner State elect its first woman governor.

Fallin, a two-term congresswoman and former lieutenant governor who has been endorsed by national Republicans including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, won the GOP nod outright with 55 percent. Her main rival, state Sen. Randy Brogdon, won 39 percent while two other challengers, businessman Robert Hubbard and retired businessman Roger Jackson, were in the low single digits.

Meanwhile, Askins bested state Attorney General Drew Edmondson to clinch the Democratic nod, eking out a 50.3-to-49.7-percent victory that was decided by a margin of about 1,500 votes out of 263,000 cast.

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National Republicans hailed Fallin’s victory. “Mary Fallin brings a proven record and a strong vision for an Oklahoma where taxes are low, government spending is under control, and people are more free to make their own choices for what is best for them and their families,” the Republican Governors Association said in a release.

Palin also issued a celebratory message to Fallin via Twitter. “Well-deserved gubernatorial primary victory today, now on to the general. (We can see November from our house!)” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Governors Association issued a statement praising Askins as “someone who has proven that she can win statewide and proven that she is willing to fight for what matters for working families and families who want to get back to work.”

The race to succeed term-limited Gov. Brad Henry (D) has been viewed by most political handicappers as a prime pickup opportunity for Republicans — Oklahoma was the only state where every county voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008, giving the Republican presidential nominee 66 percent of the vote.

Local NewsOn6.com further reported today that Fallin is leading Askins by 57-36 in a Rasmussen poll:

Republican Congresswoman Mary Fallin is leading Democratic Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins in the Oklahoma governor’s race, according to a Rasmussen poll released Thursday.

It’s the first look at the governor’s race since Tuesday’s primary.

Fallin had 57 percent of the vote, compared to Askins’ 36 percent.

Fallin defeated State Senator Randy Brogdon and Oklahoma City businessmen Roger L. Jackson and Robert Hubbard in Tuesday’s primary.

It was a much tighter race on the Democratic side. Askins edged out Attorney General Drew Edmondson.

Askins and Fallin will face off in the general election in November.

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Palin Endorsee Karen Handel’s First TV Ad for Georgia Runoff Election

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 29, 2010

Jim Galloway at the AJC’s Political Insider reports on Karen Handel’s first TV ad for her runoff election in Georgia:

Republican candidate for governor Karen Handel makes use of Sarah Palin’s endorsement in her first TV ad in the Republican runoff for government – which also condemns rival Nathan Deal as “a corrupt relic of Washington D.C.”

“One carries a purse, the other carries baggage,” the 30-second ad begins.

The TV spot follows on the heels of an AJC report of federal grand jury interest in a meeting called by Deal in the hope of preserving his business with the state.

Handel spokesman Dan McLagan says the ad is targeted at metro Atlanta, and describes the airtime buy as “big.”

It’s also the first major use that Handel’s been able to make of the Palin endorsement – which arrived late in the primary, after the former secretary of state’s slim finances had already been committed.

The script:

Male voiceover: One carries a purse. The other carries baggage.

One whom Sarah Palin says has cut government, and is the true conservative.

Or the other, who added trillions to our national debt.

One a conservative reformer. One a corrupt relic of Washington D.C.

Karen Handel is Georgia’s strong conservative. Impeccable integrity. Our thrilling, vibrant future. Karen Handel. Bring it on.

The ad by Fred Davis incorporates the black, white and red tones of Handel’s single “Lipstick” ad in the GOP primary.

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Sarah Palin: Gomez and Grimm for the Empire State

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 28, 2010

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Complete Transcript of Governor Palin’s Facebook Note:

Gomez and Grimm for the Empire State

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I’m happy to endorse two more Commonsense Conservatives running for Congress from the great state of New York.

John Gomez, a native Long Islander, is running in New York’s 2nd Congressional District. As a successful business owner, John understands how to incentivize job creation to get our economy moving again. He’s dedicated to reining in the reckless spending in DC and returning us to our core principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility. Please join me in supporting John by visiting his website at www.gomez2010.com and following him on Facebook and Twitter.

Michael Grimm, a former Deputy U.S. Marshall and FBI Special Agent, is running in New York’s 13th Congressional District. This decorated Marine and Persian Gulf War veteran took on organized crime and Wall Street corruption as an undercover agent. As a current small business owner, Michael understands that real economic growth comes from the private sector, not government. He’ll represent New Yorkers with just as much integrity and courage as he defended them in the FBI and the Marine Corps. Please join me in supporting Michael by visiting his website at www.grimmforcongress.com and following him on Facebook and Twitter.

– Sarah Palin

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