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Palin, Virginia, & the Road to the White House

March 31, 2014

Sarah Palin: Ex-veep nominee backs three Dixie Senate hopefuls. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), whose support often helps propel underdog conservatives into the winner’s circle, has now endorsed three Republican US candidates who are challenging establishment-backed contenders. The latest is in Mississippi, where Palin has given her imprimatur to state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) in his challenge to six-term US Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). Before that, Palin endorsed Oklahoma House Speaker T. W. Shannon (R) over US Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), and Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) in a multi-candidate field to succeed US Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). More to come?


Virginia: Warner leads Gillespie. It’s 46% for US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), 31% for his GOP challenger Ed Gillespie, and 6% for Libertarian Robert Sarvis, says last week’s Quinnipiac Poll. While the 15-point gap doesn’t look good for Gillespie, he is far less known than Warner and still kept the incumbent below 50%. Meanwhile, Gillespie raised funds in New York City with the help of Mitt Romney.


Road to the White House: Post highlights Rand Paul, Jeb Bush. On March 28, The Washington Post published a front-page story noting that US Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has assembled a 200-person network of supporters, covering all 50 states, to help him organize, raise funds, and gauge his strength, an all-but-sure sign that the small-l libertarian Paul is going for the gold in 2016. Then on March 30, the Post, under the headline, “GOP elite hoping to lure Jeb Bush,” noted that many prominent Republicans, “alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul” and afraid that Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) has been permanently damaged by “bridgegate,” are trying to get former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) to run. Stay tuned!!!


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