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Conservative Super PAC Endorses Bevin In Race Against McConnell


Matt Bevin continues to face an uphill battle in his primary challenge against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., but the Kentucky businessman and Tea Party activist has picked up a potentially key endorsement from a major conservative super PAC.

The Senate Conservatives Fund announced its support for Bevin on Friday, describing him as a "full-spectrum conservative with the courage to stand up to the Washington establishment."

The endorsement does not come as much of a surprise, as the SCF previously indicated that it was open to supporting Bevin's campaign and has a history of supporting conservative challengers in GOP primaries.

The SCF said a recent survey of its members found that 90 percent said the group should endorse Bevin over McConnell.

"We know that winning this primary won't be easy," said SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins. "Mitch McConnell has the support of the entire Washington establishment and he will do anything to hold on to power."

He added, "But if people in Kentucky and all across the country rise up and demand something better, we're confident Matt Bevin can win this race."

The SCF has been a regular critic of McConnell and claimed that he has a liberal record and refuses to fight for conservative principles.

Bevin said he was humbled to have the endorsement of "one of the most effective conservative organizations in the country."

McConnell has a significant fundraising advantage over Bevin, but spending money to win the primary could reduce his coffers for the anticipated general election matchup against Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

McConnell's campaign was quick to dismiss the endorsement, with spokeswoman Allison Moore calling the SCF a "self-serving D.C. fundraising group that made its name by recruiting and promoting unelectable candidates that ensured Barack Obama a majority in the Senate."

"They clearly care less about Kentuckians than they do about their reputation for supporting laughably bad candidates," she added.

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