Despite, or possibly because of Sarah Palin’s endorsement, Missouri teabagger Sarah Steelman came in third (or, as Sarah calls it: second place runner-up) in Missouri’s Republican primary losing out to Todd Akin who is apparently even teabaggier:

Rep. Todd Akin, who played up his tea party credentials and conservative appeal, broke out from a three-way Missouri Republican primary on Tuesday to earn the right to take on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, setting up one of the most closely watched Senate races of 2012.

Akin won a contest defined by which candidate was the most conservative. In doing so, he beat out Sarah Palin’s candidate of choice, former state treasurer Sarah Steelman, and John Brunner, a businessman who poured more than $7.5 million of his own money into the race.

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Akin, 65, who drew the backing of former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, has billed himself as a tea party supporter and has a strong conservative voting record in Congress.

Five days ago:

Polls have shown Steelman leading Rep. Todd Akin, who represents a suburban St. Louis district, but slightly trailing businessman John Brunner heading into Tuesday’s primary. She hopes Palin’s nod will be a critical validator of her conservative credentials, distinguishing her in a race in which the candidates have espoused virtually identical policy positions.

A 30-second ad featuring Palin praising Steelman as “conservative maverick” who will defend tax dollars “like a mama grizzly defending her cubs” is now airing in all of Missouri’s media markets. Steelman’s campaign is hoping that as many as 1,000 people might come out to see Palin at a Friday barbecue at a blueberry patch south of Kansas City.

“She’s got a brand that people understand in Missouri,” said Patrick Tuohey, a Steelman spokesman. “Her endorsement tells people everything they need to know.”

Apparently so…

Also. Too. The commenter at Wonkette who described Sarah in the picture above as Vice President Peg Bundy deserves a Pulitzer or something…