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Palin Laid Groundwork for 2012 Run

There are some successful candidates who owe her one
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2010 7:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Not all Sarah Palin’s “Mama Grizzlies” won, but enough did to give her a significant leg up going into a possible 2012 race, the New York Times reports. When the primary season kicks off in New Hampshire, for example, she’ll be able to call in a favor from newly-elected senator Kelly Ayotte. After that, the nomination campaign heads to South Carolina—where Palin endorsee Nikki Haley will be governor.

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But if Palin does decide to run, she’ll face tough questions about the candidates that didn’t win, like Palin mini-me Christine O'Donnell. And her 2012 rivals were active this year as well; Mitt Romney’s PAC for example quietly doled out more than $1 million to GOP candidates, while Haley Barbour can claim credit as the chairman of a newly-expanded Republican Governors Association.

For another, more pessimistic take on Palin's election efforts, click here. (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)

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