While Morning Joe was busy talking to Olympia Snowe explaining her retirement (somehow the threat of a two-way vs a three-way primary didn’t come up in conversation) There is big news out of another GOP primary:
a series of last-minute surveys shows Fischer surging despite her shoestring campaign and millions of dollars in ads that Bruning, Stenberg and their allies have aired. A survey released Monday by independent firm We Ask America showed Fischer pulling into first place, taking 39 percent to Bruning’s 34 and Stenberg’s 18.
How can that be? Bruning was supported by
Jim DeMint of SC and the GOP Establishment. What could have possible happened in the last week to make such a change?
Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, have endorsed Deb Fischer, providing the state Senator’s struggling bid emphasis mine to succeed retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D) an adrenaline shot six days before the GOP primary.
Fischer sought the former Alaska governor’s support early in her campaign in “a note,” according to the Fischer campaign press release. Often in the 2010 cycle, candidates were surprised to receive a Palin endorsement. The Palin endorsement proved to be an effective tool for obscure candidates to gain footing in competitive primaries.
May 9th Deb Fischer had a “struggling bid”, Palin endorses and six days later she is surging and ahead on election day.
Now the voting is taking place today and anything can happen, but sooner or later the GOP is going to figure out that these Tea Party wins in GOP primaries are not aberrations.
Oh and you guys on the left who are thinking how happy they will be facing off against a Palin endorsed candidate. Remember we’ve seen this movie before:
Kelly Ayotte’s seen her appeal to moderate voters crumble in the wake of her endorsement by Sarah Palin
And that PPP article from 2010 had a lot of friends:
And what happened to Ayotte? She is now on the list of possible VP choices for Mitt Romney.
I get the funny feeling before she is through the left will wish they just let Sarah Palin go back to Alaska and govern. I’ll wager there are more than a few in the GOP establishment who wish the same thing.
Update: It looks like the GOP isn’t the only side trying to clean up their act:
Remember the words of Grover Cleveland: A Democratic Thief is just as bad as a republican one.
Update 2: I totally misread the paragraph above, DeMint supports Steinberg in this race.
Update 3: As of 11:06 PM with 65% of the voter in Fischer is up by 5,000 votes and 3 pts. If the tea party vote wasn’t divided it would be a slaughter.