In New Hampshire, Another Palin Pick Wins

Sarah Palin’s choice in the GOP Senate primary in New Hampshire appears to have pulled off a narrow victory:

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire has certified former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (AY’-aht) as the winner of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Ayotte was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and won a narrow victory over Ovide Lamontagne (LAH’-mohn-tayn). His conservative credentials and courting of the tea party pulled him close in the final days of the campaign.

Lamontagne has until 5 p.m. to decide whether he’ll seek a recount because the margin of victory fell within 1.5 percent of the total votes cast.

The secretary of state’s office says Ayotte’s official margin of victory was 1,667 votes.

According to The Washington Post’s Palin Endorsement Tracker, this puts her at 25 wins and 11 losses for the primary season.

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  1. Pepper99 says:

    When someone in this country is capable of telling me how, why, or when this trollop from AK became the end-all, be-all of politics in America, please explain it to me. Is she Nostradamus? The World Cup octopus? Carnak? WTF??? We all have better, way more important things to be concerned about than this hackneyed spoiled-rotten media creation getting front page, bold type headlines every day.

    Did the conservative side of things get to see her in the shower or something or does she have pictures of Republicans in compromising positions with out-of-wedlock significant others??

    What is her stance on the millions of unemployed in the country? How would America be different today with McCain-Palin in the (gulp) WH? How often does she meet with those who oppose her views on abortion, women’s rights, and Ledbetter? Does she just hang around with chunky, vacuous GOP corpses and models for the 2012 Hitler Youth Movement?

  2. Trumwill says:

    Given the relatively narrow margins of victory (for primary elections), it really does seem that Palin’s endorsement makes the difference. She endorsed the conservative candidate in Delaware and she inexplicably won. She endorsed the less conservative slightly more establishmentarian candidate and she won.
    Scary stuff.

  3. Juneau: says:

    @ pepper99
    What is her stance on the millions of unemployed in the country?

    One thing for sure, it beats the heck out of Obama’s – whose stance appears to be make them poorer by mandating more taxes, party like the booze is going to run out, and don’t get so drunk you can’t get in 18 holes the day after.  Recession?  What recession?  Fore!