Some Groups That Supported Bevin Closing Ranks, Backing McConnell in Senate General Election

May 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has already picked up the support of several right-wing groups that supported his primary opponent.
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Several right-wing groups that backed the Tea Party challenger against Senator Mitch McConnell have announced they will now support the Senate Minority Leader. The news represents the kind of unity that is important for McConnell as he takes on Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

With the primary now in the rearview mirror, both the McConnell and Grimes campaigns can now focus 100 percent of their attention on winning the November general election.

For McConnell, one of the top items on his campaign’s to-do list is repairing relationships with Tea Party and conservative groups that backed his primary opponent, Matt Bevin. Those efforts are already bearing fruit, as Politico reports the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Madison Project, and FreedomWorks have said they will support McConnell in his re-election effort.

Several of the groups took credit for moving McConnell to the right during his primary campaign.

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul endorsed McConnell during the primary and has announced he will join his senior colleague on a tour of the state in order to help unify the Kentucky GOP.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton told CN2 Pure Politics that the first joint appearance between Kentucky's U.S. Senators will be Friday.