LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An influential tea party group has endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign for a sixth term next year in Kentucky.
Todd Cefaratti, founder of TheTeaParty.net, said Tuesday that McConnell is "an indispensable ally" of Senate conservatives and deserves another term.
Cefaratti praised McConnell for supporting spending cuts and defending gun-ownership rights.
McConnell has been courting tea party support in hopes of heading off a GOP primary challenge.
As the leader of Senate Republicans, McConnell has been a steadfast critic of President Barack Obama.
Democrats are looking for a challenger to McConnell. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is considering a Senate bid but has given no timeframe for making a decision.
McConnell, always a prolific fundraiser, reported more than $8.6 million on hand in his latest campaign finance report.