Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received a key endorsement Tuesday from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin, giving the businessman a potential boost with some voters less than two weeks before voting begins with the Iowa caucuses.
“I am greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement,” Trump said of the support of the former Alaska governor and former running mate of Sen. John McCain in his 2008 bid for the White House. “She is a friend, and a high-quality person.”
“You are ready to make America great again,” Palin said at Iowa State University. “We are ready for a change. … Are you ready to stump for Trump?” She will join Trump at two events Wednesday.
The endorsement came as Trump was bearing down in the state, holding multiple events and raising expectations about his performance in the race’s first contest.
Trump stood wearing a satisfied smile as she scolded mainstream Republicans as sellouts and praised how Trump had shaken up the party. “He’s been going rogue left and right,” Palin said, using one of her signature phrases. “That’s why he’s doing so well.”
In Iowa, where Palin spent years developing support, the endorsement could be especially helpful. Trump has faced questions about whether his campaign’s organizing muscle can draw voters to match his poll numbers on caucus night.
An endorsement for Clinton, too
The nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign, is backing Hillary Clinton. “All the progress we have made as a nation on LGBT equality — and all the progress we have yet to make — is at stake,” HRC President Chad Griffin said. She will accept the endorsement in Des Moines on Sunday.
Record number of Latinos eligible to vote
The Latino electorate is bigger and better educated than ever before, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. It’s also young. Adults age 18-35 make up nearly half the record 27.3 million Latinos eligible to vote in this year’s presidential election, the report found. Although the number of Latinos eligible to vote is surging — 40 percent higher than it was just eight years ago — and education levels are rising, the percentage likely to actually cast ballots in November continues to lag. That’s because young people don’t vote as consistently as older people do, and because Latino voters are heavily concentrated in states — including California, Texas and New York — that are not prime battlegrounds.
Los Angeles Times