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What GOP candidates want: a Sarah Palin endorsement

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Sure, Sarah Palin lost in last year’s election, but she might be on track to win the title of GOP endorser-in-chief.

Just as we predicted, Republican candidates are starting to compete to win a coveted nod of approval from the ex-governor of Alaska.

First up is Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R) of Illinois, who is running for the Senate seat formerly occupied by Barack Obama. The Washington Post reports that he’s written a letter to a Palin friend that fishes for an endorsement – something “quick and decisive.”

Problem is, Representative Kirk is something of moderate. He is not at all an ideological fellow traveler of conservative Doug Hoffman, the candidate in New York’s 23rd Congressional District whom Ms. Palin backed in Tuesday’s vote.

What Kirk appears to be trying to do in Illinois is head off a New York-like situation in which Palin backed a conservative, ultimately forcing the official GOP nominee, state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, out of the race.

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