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Sarah Palin's 'mama grizzlies' have tough summer: Is she losing her touch?

Sarah Palin has endorsed conservative candidates in dozens of Republican primaries this year. But her chosen office-seekers have been mostly unsuccessful. Has Sarah Palin lost touch with the Republican primary voters who make up her base?

Sarah Palin, right, speaks at a rally for former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel Aug. 9. Ms. Handel lost the Republican primary runoff against Nathan Deal. Handel joined a number of Sarah Palin endorsees who failed to beat Republican opposition in primary season, causing some to question Palin's cachet with voters.

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It's been a summer of setbacks for Sarah Palin. Candidate "cubs" endorsed by the Mama Grizzly in Chief have been suffering a recent string of primary election losses.

The Republicans' 2008 vice presidential nominee promised a pack of "mama grizzly" candidates would rise up and defeat Democrats in this November's elections. But office-seekers she supported in Kansas, Wyoming and Washington state lost their primaries despite her high-profile endorsements.

And Karen Handel lost her runoff contest for Georgia governor a day after sharing an Atlanta stage with Palin.

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