(CNN) – Former President Donald Trump has said he supports former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in her bid to fill Alaska’s seat in the United States House vacated by the death last month of longtime Republican Representative Don Young.
“Sarah shocked many when she supported me early in 2016, and we won big,” Trump said in a statement on Sunday. “Now it’s my turn!”
Palin, a conservative brand who announced his campaign last week, joins a crowded field of more than 40 candidates vying for the seat in a special election, but Trump’s endorsement has the potential to significantly boost his chances .
In his statement, Trump also slammed the 2008 presidential campaign of his former rival, the late GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who chose Palin as his running mate.
“Sarah pulled McCain’s presidential campaign out of the dumps despite having to put up with some very mean, stupid, jealous people within the campaign itself. They were there to destroy her, but she didn’t let that happen,” Trump said. “I’m proud to give him my full and complete endorsement, and I encourage all Republicans to unite behind this wonderful person and his campaign to put America First!”
A special primary for Alaska’s sole seat in the United States House will be held on June 11, and the special general election will be held on August 16, the same day as the Alaska state primary.
Despite being years away from her last run for office, Palin enters the race as a household name in the state. Since running for vice president, Palin hasn’t sought any other elective office, though the party has leaned more towards the rhetoric that has made her stand out as a vice-presidential pick. President.