A senator with Tea Party credentials has endorsed the primary campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon.
Utah Senator Mike Lee was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. The Tea Party favorite gained enough support in that state's primary nominating convention to block a long-serving establishment candidate, then-Senator Bob Bennett, from getting on the ballot.
Now Lee is hoping ob-gyn Greg Brannon can follow his lead. In a statement released by Brannon's campaign earlier today, Senator Lee is quoted as saying that if elected, Brannon would enact "a conservative reform agenda in Congress" and is "willing to challenge the status quo and entrenched special interests."
Meanwhile, one of Brannon's challengers, Baptist pastor Mark Harris, is gearing up for a fundraiser next week with the Duggar family of the cable TV show 19 Kids and Counting. And state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, who's considered the establishment candidate, announced he'll begin running a new ad across the state about his life.