Sarah Palin 2022 Odds Shift Dramatically After Donald Trump's Endorsement

The chances of Sarah Palin winning the congressional seat in Alaska have dramatically improved following Donald Trump's endorsement, according to bookmakers.

Palin, the 2008 vice presidential candidate and former governor of Alaska, announced on April 1 that she will be vying to succeed Republican congressman Don Young, who held the seat for 49 years before his death in March.

Just a few days later, Trump publicly endorsed Palin, describing her as a "wonderful patriot" and a "true America First fighter."

"Sarah shocked many when she endorsed me very early in 2016, and we won big. Now, it's my turn," Trump said in an April 3 statement.

"Sarah Palin is tough and smart and will never back down, and I am proud to give her my Complete and Total Endorsement, and encourage all Republicans to unite behind this wonderful person and her campaign to put America First!"

According to Betfair, Palin's original odds for winning Alaska's lone congressional seat were 7/1. Since Trump's endorsement, they have now been reduced to just 4/1.

Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom told Newsweek: "Sarah Palin has been a long supporter of Donald Trump, dating back to his successful presidential run in 2016, so it is no surprise to see the former U.S. president back her to win the Alaska congressional seat."

As reported by Politico, the road back into mainstream politics may not be quite so simple for Palin, even with Trump's endorsement.

The public's view of Palin in Alaska has not fully recovered since she resigned as governor in 2009. Palin has also not sought any other elected office since running for vice president in 2008.

Pollster Ivan Moore, of Alaska Survey Research, also noted Palin's favorability rating in October for Alaskans stood at just 31 percent.

"Let's face it, she has been substantively underwater for many, many years now, and it really dates back to when she quit," Moore told Politico. "Alaskans weren't very impressed with that."

Palin is also entering a crowded field for the Alaska seat vacated by Young, with more than 50 other candidates throwing their hat into the ring, although she does have the biggest profile despite not being actively involved in politics for several years

In a statement announcing her congressional run, Palin said: "America is at a tipping point. As I've watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to step up and join the fight.

"At this critical time in our nation's history, we need leaders who will combat the left's socialist, big-government, America-last agenda. This country was built by heroes, and the radical left dishonors their legacies by opening our borders to illegal immigrants, mortgaging our children's future, and selling out our nation's interests to the highest bidder."

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Donald Trump shakes hands with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on January 19, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. Trump received Palin's endorsement at the event. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images