Palin Jumps into N.J., Virginia Races

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Sarah Palin helped bring national attention to the special election in New York's 23rd congressional district earlier this month, and now the former Alaska governor is jumping into the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia.

Palin has recorded a robocall message to encourage Virginians to vote on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

"Virginia, hello, this is Sarah Palin calling to urge you to go to the polls Tuesday and vote for Sarah's principles," Palin says on the call, according to CNN. "The eyes of America will be on Virginia and make no mistake about it, every vote counts. So don't take anything for granted, vote your values on Tuesday, and urge your friends and family to vote, too."

The recording was funded by the Virginia Faith and Freedom Coalition, which is part of a national conservative group founded by former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed.

The campaign team for Virginia's Republican candidate Bob McDonnell told the Post it did not request Palin make the calls, nor did it have any firsthand knowledge about them. While McDonnell sought out Palin's endorsement over the summer, he stopped seeking out her help by August, in order to appeal to Virginia's swing voters.

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Meanwhile, Palin took to her Facebook profile to target New Jersey's third-party gubernatorial candidate, Chris Daggett.

"Despite what candidate Chris Daggett is claiming, I have never contacted him or his campaign. I have never asked him to drop out of the NJ Governor's race," Palin wrote. "Now, if a politician is going to play loose with facts like this, the electorate needs to know it... I've never even suggested he should drop out of the race. But, come to think of it…"

It is generally believed Daggett has siphoned votes away from Republican candidate Chris Christie.

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