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Palin drops Trump rally to attend to injured husband

AFP , Monday 14 Mar 2016
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Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, an early endorser of Donald Trump's White House run, has cancelled an appearance Monday at a rally in Florida after her husband was injured in a snowmobile accident.

"Todd Palin was in a bad snow machine accident last night and is currently hospitalized," the Trump campaign said in a statement.

"Governor Palin is returning to Alaska to be with her husband and looks forward to being back on the campaign trail soon," it said.

Palin, a former Alaska governor, was supposed to have taken part in an event in support of Trump at The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida.

A Tea Party favorite, she threw her support behind Trump in January, saying someone new was needed to "bust up the establishment."

Palin was John McCain's surprise choice as running mate in 2008, when Barack Obama won the presidency.

Since then her influence has waned, but she remains a popular figure in conservative circles as an iconoclast who often butts heads with the party leadership.

She has not held public office since July 2009.

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