Yesterday's Primary: Triumph for the 'New Feminism'?

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Sarah Palin
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Say what you want about Sarah Palin, but her endorsement clearly holds some sway.

Of the four Republicans the former candidate for Vice-President endorsed, three -- Nikki Haley in South Carolina's gubernatorial race; Carly Fiorina in the California Senate race; and Terry Branstad in Iowa's gubernatorial race -- have either won or now face runoffs.

Haley, in particular, came back from what could have been a crippling blow to her campaign -- allegations of an affair -- and showed an impressive lead, though didn't garner enough support to go over the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.

It is clear that Palin, once the butt of jokes, is a force to be reckoned with in politics, whether she is a feminist or not.

So, is it just her celebrity that's propelling these candidates forward, or is she saying something that speaks to others?

It was a good night for women all around. Haley and Fiorina joined Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln who won the Democratic primary Tuesday over Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

In California, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who used $70 million of her own funds, bested Steve Poizner for the Republican nod in the gubernatorial primary.

In Nevada, Sharron Angle -- a Tea Party favorite -- came out on top in the Republican Senate.

Other than Lincoln, all of these women are conservative, so what does that mean? Is the face of feminism changing? 

 

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