Sarah Palin has become the vice presidential nominee of the Republican Party after receiving less votes -- in all her elections combined -- than Jimmy Morales, the losing candidate in the 2004 election for Miami-Dade County mayor.
Morales lost with 322,032 votes in 2004. Add up all of Palin's votes, ever, from city commission to governor, she has totaled 240,810 votes. That puts her well behind the popular votes of Catherine Parker, who lost a race for Miami-Dade circuit judge in 2004 with 257,405.
She has never received as many votes, lifetime, as Broward Property Appraiser Lori Parrish who received 400,680 votes in 2004, or Broward School Board Member Robin Bartleman, who won 319,579 votes that year. Bartleman's opponent, Terry Snipes, received 238,963 votes that year, not good enough to win the school board election but more votes than Sarah Palin gathered in the election that elevated her to governor in 2006. Palin got 238,307 -- a plurality but enough to win a statewide race in Alaska.
She won her first election, for Wasilla city commissioner, in 1992 with 530 votes and was re-elected in 1995 with 413 votes. Enough, maybe, to win a condo election in South Florida. She was elected mayor in 1996 with 651 votes (not enough to beat Joe Geller in North Bay Village) and re-elected in 1999 with 909 votes. Which, to be fair, would have given her the top job in Opa-locka in a walk.
Her grand total of 240,810 votes might be a piddling total by South Florida standards but that's enough, apparently, for the Republican Party to put her up for a rather auspicious office. Jimmy Morales, Catherine Parker and Terry Snipes should take heart.