FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A national tea party group is seeking input from Kentucky conservatives on whether to endorse Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, a political outsider challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in next year's GOP primary.
The head of the Senate Conservatives Fund, Matt Hoskins, said in a statement Tuesday he would consider it a victory for Kentucky and the country if Bevin were to win the primary.
Hoskins said Bevin won't win unless conservatives step up. McConnell, the Senate GOP leader who's seeking a sixth term, has never lost an election in Kentucky.
Hoskins' group has spent $340,000 in recent weeks to air a TV ad in Kentucky bashing McConnell.
Democratic front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes is ready to take on the eventual GOP nominee.