January 21st, 2016 • iizthatiiz
"Palin’s brand among evangelicals is as gold as the faucets in Trump Tower", said Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition.
Acknowledging the influence of Palin’s past endorsements, Reed said Palin is "a validating voice."
Governor Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday at a campaign event in Ames, Iowa. Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz have been running neck and neck in recent Iowa polls. Evangelicals make up a significant majority of Iowa voters.
Palin’s endorsement could be the determining factor for Iowans who head to caucus in eleven short days on February 1st. A loss in Iowa could suck enough wind out of Trump’s sails to dampen his momentum and effect other contests.
Many commentators will tell you that Palin’s endorsement of Trump is only important to Iowa, but in fact it is about much more than that. Recent data shows that Cruz and Trump are running either one or two in several other states.
With Cruz doubtless currently attracting a plurality of evangelical voters, Palin’s endorsement could prove to be influential down the line.
Unlike several other candidates, Cruz is running a nationwide campaign. He has money in the bank, and organized supporters across the country.
Cruz is within striking distance of Trump in many contests beyond Iowa. An Iowa victory could turn Cruz into a very competitive challenger against Trump.
|Arkansas||33%||20%||Overtime Politics (12/23/15)|
|California||23%||25%||The Field Poll (1/3/16)|
|Georgia||33%||23%||Opinion Savvy (1/17/16|
|Iowa||28%||26%||Public Policy Polling (1/10/16)|
|Maryland||32%||15%||Gonzales Research (1/16/16)|
|Missouri||36%||24%||Overtime Politics (12/31/15)|
|Nevada||33%||20%||Gravis Marketing (12/27/15)|
|North Carolina||38%||16%||Public Policy Polling (1/19/16)|
|Oklahoma||32%||28%||Overtime Politics (12/29/15)|
|South Carolina||32%||18%||Opinion Savvy (1/15/16)|
|Tennessee||34%||26%||Overtime Politics (12/23/15)|
|Texas||31%||27%||Overtime Politics (12/19/15)|
|Virginia||28%||19%||Overtime Politics (1/7/16)|
The longer it takes Trump to amass delegates, the more an opportunity may arise for Republican party leadership to consolidate around one candidate. Bush, Christie, Kasich, and Rubio are currently controlling over 40% of Republican primary voters in New Hampshire.
There will be intense pressure from GOP operatives for a number of them to drop out of the field by mid February.
Palin no doubt has great affection for both Cruz and Trump. Just last month she told Newsmax that a choice between those two candidates would be "a great problem to have."
With this endorsement, Palin now obviously believes that maintaining that choice is too great of a risk to take. She has put her finger on the scale to further tip the odds in Trump’s favor, perhaps determined to see that one of her preferred candidates will indeed secure the nomination.
Faith & Freedom Coalition chairman Ralph Reed spoke with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Governor Palin’s influence among evangelical voters: