Sarah Palin endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Ames, Iowa, on Tuesday night, near John Wayne stadium. Trump is holding onto his lead in Iowa where the caucuses are less than two weeks away.
In a report by the Washington Post, Palin’s endorsement is a much-needed boost for Trump’s campaign in the state, as it saw a surge of Republican caucus-goers supporting Sen. Ted Cruz.
In the past two and a half months, support for Cruz has gone up in various national polls, which pushed him into second place among the Republican presidential candidates. In fact, his popularity almost led to a tie between him and Trump in Iowa.
And it is this threat posed by Cruz in Iowa that has perhaps lead to the reignition of the “birthier issue”, and now Palin’s endorsement would come as a shot in the arm that could help Trump in the race against Ted Cruz.
At least as of 2012, Palin was almost exactly as popular with tea party supporters as Cruz is now. It remains to be seen whether her endorsement helps win any tea party supporters over to Trump, perhaps even enough to ensure that he wins the Iowa caucus.
It can be surmised that Palin could provide Trump a short-term boost in Iowa, but her endorsement is not a credential he’d want to advertise if he becomes the nominee.