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A 2010 Stanford study concluded that Sarah Palin, whose initially impressive debut as John McCain’s running mate collapsed in a fog of confusion and historical ignorance, cost the ticket more than two million votes. The study cited a Newsweek column noting her performance “sent wavering Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans scurrying to Sen. Barack Obama.” However, two years later, a study from the University of California, Irvine, found almost no impact on the vote.

For the full story, please visit https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2023/05/09/republicans-target-kamala-harris-election-2024-00095961.

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