Palin tips her hand, may endorse Norton over Buck

Tea party favorite Sarah Palin hinted she might endorse Jane Norton in the heated Colorado U.S. Senate GOP primary. It’s a question that has been hanging in the air here, especially as Palin is due to visit the state next week Saturday, the same day the GOP State Assembly will be rocking the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, an event Norton opted not to participate in. Endorsed unofficially by the National Republican Senatorial Committee in September when she launched her campaign, Norton has struggled to win conservative grassroots support in the state. Her opponent Ken Buck on the other hand has steadily gained momentum on the ground, winning the March caucus straw poll voting, and pulling down key “national grassroots” endorsements from tea party favorites Erick Erickson, Red State blog founder, and Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina’s so-called new Republican leader.

This from the Wall Steet Journal’s Washington Wire blog:

The former Alaska governor, GOP vice presidential nominee and potential 2012 candidate told a fund-raising breakfast for the Susan B. Anthony List, a political action committee that seeks to elect antiabortion women to Congress, that 2010 “will be remembered for when common sense, conservative women get things done for our country.”

Palin told the 500 or so attendees, gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building, that this year’s lineup of Senate candidates included a number who fit the bill: former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, running in California; former state GOP Chairman Sue Lowden in Nevada, and former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in Colorado. She also put in a plug for South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.

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