Palin endorsing Trump in GOP race

Sarah Palin (AP)

Former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is set to endorse Donald Trump Tuesday, NBC News has confirmed.

“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Palin said in a statement to NBC provided by Trump’s campaign.

“I am greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement,” Trump said in a statement. “She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support.”

Palin, who fired up some aspects of the Republican base in 2008 as Sen. John McCain’s running mate, could help Trump among women. Her support could also help to bolster the real estate mogul among some conservative circles in Iowa, which will hold its caucus on February 1st.

But as much as she appeals to some components of the Republican base, she repels others.

Palin, who has reemerged on the political scene recently as the primary approaches, has long positioned herself as the anti-establishment candidate. Palin’s endorsement of Trump is a blow to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who is also trying to appeal to voters angry and the traditional ranks of the Republican Party.

Palin was an early endorser of Cruz in his insurgent senate bid in 2012.

She will attend two campaign events with Trump on Wednesday.

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