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Palin Endorses Ducey in Arizona Governor's Race

Palin Endorses Ducey in Arizona Governor's Race

By Adam O'Neal - August 6, 2014

Sarah Palin has endorsed Arizona Treasurer Doug Ducey for governor of the Grand Canyon State, yet another sign that national conservatives are coalescing behind the former Cold Stone Creamery CEO.

“Doug Ducey is the private sector job creator and proven conservative leader that Arizona needs as its next governor,” the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate said on her Facebook page.

She is the second national figure to officially endorse Ducey in the last seven days. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- who built a national profile around his hardline immigration stance and frequent media stunts -- announced last week that he would be supporting Ducey. 

“I know firsthand the dangers of an unsecure border and how to fight the drug cartels and human traffickers,” Arpaio said in a statement. “I’m supporting Doug because he’s the right leader for Arizona, and he’ll do the right thing as governor.” 

Ducey has tallied more national endorsements than any other candidate in the field. Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz backed the candidate earlier this year, following an endorsement from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.  

Conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt, whose nationally syndicated radio program is popular among Republicans, also threw his support behind Ducey early in the campaign -- as have Rep. Trent Franks and former Sen. Jon Kyl. 

The new endorsement comes just hours after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (who, along with Arpaio, was one of the most sought-after endorsements in the cycle). 

Recent polling has shown Ducey and former Internet executive Christine Jones in a tight race, with Smith trailing behind. 

However, the new endorsements -- along with a new survey showing Ducey leading and Smith in second place -- suggest the contest may become a close race between Ducey and Smith in the final weeks of the campaign. 

Early voting for Arizona’s primary began last week, and the election will take place Aug. 26.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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