Donald Trump’s (literally) astounding (on so many levels) march toward the Republican presidential nomination got a big boost today on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
Sarah Palin, the moose shooting, Russia stare downing, former governor of Alaska will officially throw her support behind Trump at a rally tonight in Iowa.
Palin, who fumbled her way through the 2008 campaign as John McCain’s running mate, still remains widely popular among Tea Party conservatives, seen as a necessary demographic for Trump to secure if he has any real hope of winning the nomination.
“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Palin said in a statement.
The move is seen as a way to buffet mainstream criticism of Trump, who can now point to a heavyweight in the party that’s resoundingly behind him. With the Iowa caucus a little more than a week away, on February 1, this could be the last push necessary for Trump to win the campaign’s first primary, which would do a great deal to establish his legitimacy.
”Over the years Palin has actually cultivated a number of relationships in Iowa,” said Craig Robinson, the former executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa and publisher of the website The Iowa Republican. ”There are the Tea Party activists who still think she’s great and a breath of fresh air, but she also did a good job of courting Republican donors in the state,” he added.
A Real Clear Politics poll puts Trump just barely ahead of Ted Cruz right now in Iowa.
[Via the New York Times]