Palin's 2012 Odds Plummet After Arizona Shooting

Debate doing serious harm to Alaskan's image
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2011 5:51 AM CST

(Newser) – After the weekend shooting in Arizona, fewer people are betting on Sarah Palin 2012. The odds of the Alaskan becoming the Republican nominee plunged on betting site InTrade soon after the shooting, the Huffington Post reports. Analysts say that while no direct link has been made between the shooter and Palin, the "crosshairs" debate is doing serious harm to her image.

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"The long and the short is she is damaged," a University of Virginia professor of politics tells the Guardian. "This is obvious even to the base. I do not think other Republican candidates will use it against her. They do not have to because there will be so much commentary. She has identified herself with the most strident elements of the party." Click for the latest on Palin's odds. (Read more Gabrielle Giffords shooting stories.)

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