Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has endorsed Karen Handel for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Palin made the announcement on her Facebook page, citing a quotation attributed to Margaret Thatcher: "If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman." Handel, the former secretary of state and an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 2010, is in a five-way GOP primary for the Senate seat currently held by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss.
Handel has found herself locked into an effective tie with most of the other Republican candidates, although businessman David Perdue has been ahead in two recent polls, while Jack Kingston, a congressman from Savannah, is polling around second place. The other contenders for the nomination are congressmen Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey.
Palin noted the importance of the race for Republicans in her endorsement of Handel. "This Georgia Senate race is very important to the Democrats and has long-term repercussions for 2016 as Democrats test the waters to see if they can win big in a red state with a woman candidate," Palin wrote. "That is why the GOP needs a strong contender like Karen Handel. She is the conservative candidate who can win this race and hold this seat for the GOP."
In an editorial for the latest issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Fred Barnes notes Handel and Kingston are both candidates that would be "tough to beat" for the strong Democratic candidate, Michelle Nunn.