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Former President Donald Trump endorsed Sarah Palin for Congress on Sunday night, calling the former vice presidential candidate “tough and smart,” adding that she “will never back down.”
“Wonderful patriot Sarah Palin of Alaska has just announced that she is running for Congress, which means there will be a true America First fighter on the ballot to replace the late and legendary Congressman Don Young. Sarah shocked many when she supported me early in 2016, and we won big. Now it’s my turn! Sarah has been an Alaskan Values Champion, Alaskan energy, Alaskan jobs, and Alaskan great people,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump said he gave Palin his “full and total endorsement” and encouraged Republicans to unite behind her.
“She was one of the most popular governors because she stood up against corruption in state government and fake media. Sarah pulled McCain’s presidential campaign out of the dumps despite the fact that she had to endure some very bad, stupid things and jealous people within the campaign itself. They were there to destroy her, but she didn’t let that happen. Sarah Palin is tough and smart and won’t back down ever, and I’m proud to give him my full and total endorsement, and to encourage all Republicans to unite behind this wonderful person and his campaign to put America First!” Trump said.
SARAH PALIN ANNOUNCES RACE FOR CONGRESS IN ALASKA
Palin is running in a special election to replace former Republican Congressman from Alaska Don Young, who died March 18. He served in Congress for almost 50 years.
Announcing her candidacy for Congress on Friday, Palin said she plans to “honor Rep. Young’s legacy.”
“I realize that I have very big shoes to fill, and I plan to honor Rep. Young’s legacy by offering myself on behalf of the service to the state he loved and for which he s is beat, because I share that passion for Alaska and the United States of America,” Palin said.
ALASKA MANAGEMENT CONGRATULATES DON YOUNG AT MEMORIAL
The former running mate joins a crowded field of candidates vying for the seat, with more than 50 candidates already filed to run, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Palin served as Alaska’s ninth governor from 1996 to 2002 and was Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate when he ran in 2008.
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The results of the primary will be announced on June 26 and the four people with the most votes will qualify for the special general election, which will be held on August 16.
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report