Palin endorsements show she's still influential
WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin — celebrity conservative, best-selling author, moose hunter — is adding kingmaker to her resume, getting involved in dozens of political races across the country and ramping up speculation about her future as a candidate.
Two years removed from her breakout as John McCain's running mate, Palin figured heavily Thursday in her home state of Alaska, where she backed a little-known candidate for U.S. Senate now on the cusp of a major upset.
In Florida earlier this week, Palin, 46, played a role in Pam Bondi's victory in the three-way GOP primary for attorney general, offering a surprise endorsement and recording a call to voters.
"She has an electrifying effect on the Republican base," Bondi said Thursday as she prepared to write Palin a thank you e-mail.
So far, Palin has waded into more than 40 races in 30 states, from Iowa to New York to Wyoming and California. She is drawn to big-name midterm elections like McCain's primary battle in Arizona and down-ballot contests, often stunning the candidates. (story here)