Onetime vice presidential nominee and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has endorsed onetime gubernatorial candidate and former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel for the U.S. Senate.
Calling Handel "a true conservative leader," Palin endorsed her on Facebook Thursday.
Palin's endorsement continues: "This Georgia Senate race is very important to the Democrats and has long-term repercussions for 2016 as Democrats test the waters to see if they can win big in a red state with a woman candidate. That is why the GOP needs a strong contender like Karen Handel. She is the conservative candidate who can win this race and hold this seat for the GOP.
"GOP voters in Georgia have many choices if they want something said, but Karen Handel is the only choice if we want something done."
Palin also endorsed Handel in 2010 , when she ran for the Republican nominee for governor, losing out to now-Gov. Nathan Deal.
Handel faces four opponents in her U.S. Senate race : Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue. The race opened up with the surprise retirement of longtime Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Her campaign is co-chaired by state Sen. Josh McKoon.
“My feeling from the beginning is I am in politics to make a difference,” McKoon said last summer . “I believe Karen Handel can be a transformational force in the U.S. Senate.”