The Perils of a Palin Endorsement

Oh, the irony… Sarah Palin recently endorsed a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, but it seems her endorsement may have actually torpedoed the candidate’s campaign.

As someone who is decidedly NOT a fan of Mrs. Palin’s, I couldn’t help but chuckle.

Republican Kelly Ayotte had a 32-to-27 (+5) favorable rating among moderate New Hampshire voters in April, and was trailing Democratic candidate Paul Hodes by just 8 points, 47-to-39. According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, after the endorsement from the former Alaska governor, Ayotte’s favorability dropped to -19 at 27-to-46. She now trails her Democratic opponent by 21 points at 51-to-30.

Here’s an actual excerpt of PPP’s analysis:

The Palin endorsement may well be playing a role in this. 51% of voters in the state say they’re less likely to back a Palin endorsed candidate to only 26% who say that support would make them more inclined to vote for someone. Among moderates that widens to 65% who say a Palin endorsement would turn them off to 14% who it would make more supportive.

With a whopping 47 percent of New Hampshire voters identifying themselves as moderates — the largest voting bloc in the state — this makes Mrs. Palin a pretty big liability for any candidate who secures her endorsement.

Let’s hope she doesn’t catch on to this and start endorsing liberal Democrats just to sabotage their candidacy!

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