Palin Backs Mississippi, Nebraska Senate Candidates

Palin Backs Mississippi, Nebraska Senate Candidates
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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has her wielded endorsement clout in the past two congressional elections, did so again on Thursday. On her Facebook page, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee officially backed two U.S. Senate candidates: Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel and Nebraska’s Ben Sasse, a former Health and Human Services official during the Bush administration.

Palin told her 4 million Facebook followers that McDaniel and Sasse are “not going to D.C. to get cozy with the permanent political class or feather their nests off the crony capitalism running rampant in the swamp.”   

Palin’s anti-establishment bent is probably best highlighted by her endorsement of McDaniel, who is seeking to unseat six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran.

“The Mississippi Senate race is a clear fight for the future of the Republican Party against the entrenched interests of the permanent political class in D.C.,” she wrote.

In a statement on his campaign website, McDaniel said he was “humbled” by the endorsement.

According to a Conservative Intelligence Briefing/Harris poll from December, the incumbent enjoys a 23-point lead over McDaniel. But considering that 28 percent of respondents had never heard of the challenger, Palin’s endorsement may be a significant boost.

In a tight race to replace retiring Sen. Mike Johanns, Sasse may also benefit significantly from Palin’s support in the Cornhusker State. In 2012 she endorsed Deb Fischer in the GOP primary, and the relatively little-known candidate surged to victory and ultimately became Nebraska’s junior senator. 

Apparently alluding to Sasse’s time at HHS, Palin wrote on Facebook that he knows “how dysfunctional D.C. is” and added, “He’s witnessed firsthand the corrosive effect bad big government policies can have, and he knows that Obamacare is as bad as it gets.”

Palin also endorsed Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon on Wednesday in his quest to win retiring Sen. Tom Coburn’s seat. Polling shows Shannon trailing Rep. Tom Lankford by a wide margin in Oklahoma’s GOP primary.

“T.W.’s opponent has the backing of Beltway insiders, but T.W. has the passion and experience We the People need in Washington,” Palin wrote.

Jose R. Gonzalez is an intern for RealClearPolitics.


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