Sarah Palin Votes For, Endorses Newt Gingrich; Takes Shot at Mitt Romney

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Former Alaska governor and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin threw her weight behind Newt Gingrich as Republican presidential nominee Tuesday.

At the same time, she coyly left open the door for her own White House run.

The GOP firebrand said she voted for Newt in the caucus/primary in Alaska, one of 10 states to cast ballots yesterday (see THG's full Super Tuesday results).

"I will tell you who I voted for... the cheerful one, it's Newt Gingrich," Palin said, referring to the one-word description Newt gave himself in a recent date.

"I have appreciated what he has stood for, stood boldly for," she said. "He has been the underdog in many of these primary races and these caucuses."

"I've respected what he has stood for."

She spoke as as longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, but failed to deliver a knockout blow.

Romney won six states, including Alaska, with a whole 33 percent of the vote, while Rick Santorum won three and Gingrich cruised in his native Georgia.

That win gives Newt an outside chance of rebooting his bid if he can gain some momentum in a clutch of upcoming battles in the conservative Deep South.

It also keeps alive the possibility that while Gingrich, Santorum and Ron Paul may not win the nomination themselves, they could collectively deny Romney.

With 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination, Romney 332 delegates to Santorum’s 139, Gingrich's 73 and Paul's 35, according to the New York Times.

A resurgent Gingrich could further dent Mitt's chances of claiming a majority of delegates - a plurality, or simply earning the most, won't do it - this spring.

Palin conceded that the race lacks excitement, but predicted it would heat up once Republicans choose a nominee, and launched a swipe at Romney.

"It has been slow going, but there will be that zip-a-dee-doo-dah after the nominee is chosen. I guarantee there will be that enthusiasm," she said.

"But to be brutally honest, with all due respect to governor Romney, who is obviously the frontrunner, he's not garnering a lot of that enthusiasm right now."

That may be the understatement of all time.

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@John No endorsement from either one of them would mean a shoo-in for your dog catcher candidacy...hands down!

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I wonder if her endorsement is better or worse than getting one from the "biggest blow-hard in the world", Donald Trump? If I were a candidate for dog-catcher, I wouldn't want either of them to mention my name.

Wv-peach

Team Obama.

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If the average voter is smart they should realize that if Palin takes a shot at Romney...then HE DA MAN to vote for! I think she's helping Mitt by supporting Newt! Thanks, Sarah! Romney in 2012

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Is this one loser endorsing another loser?

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And the idiocy of Sarah Palin continues..........

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CW, you could not be more wrong. I personally am thankful that dipsh*t doesn't support Romney! What candidate wants her support? In fact, I would prefer if she just moved to another party. She gives Republicans a terrible name. No one cares about her, and like someone already said, she's just trying to stay relevant. Whatever happened to her little reality tv show? Did it go off the air because nobody watched it? Who cares! Let's get back to business...GoRomneyGo!

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Seems to me that you all are just mad necause she isn't backing Romney, which is who you favor personally. Any of these 3 candidates really could beat Obama, it's just that people want to let there personal feelings get in the way instead of pull together as a party.

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When I first heard Sarah Palin I was a huge fan; she was a breath of fresh air. I loved her message. NOW I feel like she is just full of HOT AIR. Pushing her book, reality TV, quitting her Governor's job, she doesn't deserve to choose who is most "conservative" and backing a candidate that could NOT beat Obama, she should want to rally around a someone who could fix this failing economy instead of bashing Romney. GO ROMNEY

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Oh!! Her again!!
Still trying to remain relevant!!