Palin Plays Favorites in Maryland Primary

Sarah Palin has put her considerable internet muscle behind yet another gubernatorial candidate: Brian Murphy, a Republican candidate from Maryland.

Murphy is in a long-shot nomination fight against former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich. He bills himself as a more conservative alternative to the former chief executive.

They're vying to face off against current Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley, who currently holds a slim lead over Ehrlich in the most recent Real Clear Politics poll average.

In a post on her Facebook page, Palin praised the former energy industry executive as someone who "is a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment commonsense conservative." She also drew on his successful business career saying that he has "the private sector experience that is so lacking in government today."

It isn't clear that an endorsement from Palin, a polarizing figure, will help conservative candidates in the Chesapeake Bay State, as Democrats outnumber Republicans there by more than 2 to 1. That didn't stop Murphy from trumpeting it from his campaign website and various social networking platforms.

The Ehrlich campaign didn't seem to be concerned about losing out on the endorsement. A campaign spokesman said the snub was yet another example of Ehrlich's "longtime independent streak."

Palin has urged supporters to follow Murphy on Facebook and Twitter. Murphy has quite a bit of catching up to do before he matches the social networking prowess of his rival. Ehrlich has roughly ten times as many Twitter followers and over 36,000 Facebook friends to Murphy's 1,800.

Palin is a Fox News contributor.