Sarah Palin suggests she will get involved in Kentucky Senate race

syoungman@herald-leader.comOctober 17, 2013 

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin talked Oct. 12 during a rally supporting Steve Lonegan who unsuccessfully ran against Newark Mayor Cory Booker for the New Jersey U.S. Senate seat. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


After the Republican New Jersey Senate candidate she supported lost Wednesday night, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that Kentucky might be her next project.

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee with U.S. Sen. John McCain, sent a message to her Facebook fans after Steve Lonegan lost the New Jersey special election to Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

"We're going to shake things up in 2014," Palin wrote. "Rest well tonight, for soon we must focus on important House and Senate races. Let's start with Kentucky —which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi — from sea to shining sea we will not give up. We've only just begun to fight."

Given her endorsement record, it seems likely that Palin is suggesting she will get involved in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.

In an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader on Wednesday, Bevin was asked if he thought Palin would get involved on his behalf.

Bevin said a number of national high-profile people had contacted him about helping his campaign, but he declined to say whether Palin was one of them.

"They are all watching," Bevin said. "Many of them will come on board."

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