Sarah Palin has made an endorsement in the Republican primary election in Nevada’s upcoming Senate election.
She will be backing attorney and businessman Danny Tarkanian to replace Senator Dean Heller.
Breitbart first reported the statement:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Danny Tarkanian for the U.S. Senate in Nevada, an endorsement Palin and Tarkanian provided to Breitbart News exclusively ahead of its public release.
“Danny Tarkanian is a conservative outsider who will support the ‘America First’ policies our nation needs to survive and thrive, including building the border wall, ending sanctuary cities, and finally repealing Obamacare,” Palin said in the statement endorsing Tarkanian, provided exclusively to Breitbart News. “Commonsense Conservatives in Nevada and across America need to unite and help win this critical fight. I strongly endorse Danny Tarkanian for the United States Senate and look forward to helping him win this important election.”
The primary challenger has thanked Palin for the endorsement:
Tarkanian responded by thanking Palin, and pledging to stand up for President Donald Trump in a way that incumbent career politician Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) has not.
“I thank Governor Palin for her endorsement and appreciate the confidence she has shown in our campaign,” Tarkanian said. “I will hold Dean Heller accountable for turning his back on Nevadans by voting against the repeal of Obamacare and helping Hillary Clinton win Nevada by attacking Donald Trump over and over again.”
Polling data on the race suggests that Tarkanian has a chance to topple Heller in Nevada, should he gain momentum moving into the next several months. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, is likely to fight as hard as he can to save Heller—but endorsements from major national conservative figures like Palin open the door to a potential upset.
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Palin’s endorsement of Trump in Iowa before the caucuses last year was critical in solidifying the president’s position with conservatives. Trump came in second in Iowa’s caucuses to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) but went on to win the primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina and then stormed his way to the GOP nomination and then the presidency.
The former Governor of Alaska has also endorsed former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore for Alabama’s US Senate race.
Per the Roy Moore for US Senate campaign newsletter:
Today, the Judge Roy Moore for Senate Campaign announced the endorsement of former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
“Glad he’s running and am honored to endorse Judge Roy Moore for the US Senate,” Governor Palin said. “Judge Moore has shown he has what it takes to stand up to the out-of-touch political establishment. The Judge has proven he’s not afraid of a fight for what is right, and he’s ready to take on DC’s swamp monsters and help make America great again. We need more bold leaders like Judge Moore who will fight for all of us in the US Senate”.
Moore was thankful to receive the endorsement:
“I am honored to have the endorsement of Governor Sarah Palin,” Judge Moore said in a statement. “Governor Palin has a strong record of speaking out for conservative causes and standing up to the Washington establishment. Having her support shows how conservatives across the country are uniting behind our campaign to send a message to Mitch McConnell and the Washington elites who are trying to buy this election.”