With Sarah Palin officially out of the 2012 GOP presidential sweepstakes, an Irish bookmaker is laying odds that the former Alaska governor will back the surging campaign of Republican businessman Herman Cain.
After months of speculation, Palin on Wednesday announced that she would not run for the Republican nomination to oppose President Obama in next year’s election.
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power says it now expects Palin to get behind Cain, the former chief executive of Godfather Pizza. Cain, who calls himself the “Hermanator,” has seen his political fortunes soar in recent days. Once mired in the bottom tier of candidates with polling numbers in the single digits, Cain now polls alongside Mitt Romney as a frontrunner for the nomination.
In an email, Paddy Power notes that the one-time Republican vice-presidential candidate vowed to get behind other Republicans. The email adds that Palin has already said very positive things about Cain, although it’s not yet clear who she’ll endorse to go all the way.
Among other 2012 GOP hopefuls, Paddy Power puts Texas Gov. Rick Perry as 2/1 to receive the support of Palin while Romney is 7/2 to be embraced by the so-called “Mama Grizzy.” Rep. Ron Paul is further down the list at 8/1, followed by Rudolph Giuliani at 20/1.
“Whether or not any of these Republican candidates will actually welcome Sarah Palin’s public support is another matter entirely but it will be interesting to see what affect her endorsement might have on their chances of election,” says Sharon McHugh, spokewoman for Paddy Power.
Scott Nance is the editor and publisher of the news site The Washington Current. He has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.