Palin backs Hoffman in NY-23:

"There is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race."

She follows Mr Beck. The theo-populists are in her corner:

The election is shaping up--along with conservative upstart Marco Rubio's primary challenge to moderate Gov. Charlie Crist's (R) Senate bid in Florida--as a flashpoint in the GOP's internal struggle between conservatives and moderates. Along with the Club for Growth, conservative blog RedState, the National Review, The Washington Times, and Armey (whose group, FreedomWorks, is one of the major organizing/facilitating bodies of the Tea Party movement), Palin has chosen Hoffman as an emblem of the GOP's growing conservative voices.

The official Republican candidate is, as far as the base is concerned, "a radical leftist."

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