The Tea Party Express has endorsed state Sen. Owen Hill in his bid for the GOP nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in the fall.
“I have no doubt that Hill will join the new wave of conservative leaders in the Upper Chamber that have bucked the establishment of both parties to tackle America’s unsustainable debt, crippling taxes, and intrusive, big-government policies,” Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said in a statement.
The backing of the national tea party organization signals Hill’s potential conservative support in the competitive GOP primary, which will be held June 24. Still, none of the contenders so far appear to be giving Udall or national Democrats much of a scare, despite recent polling that indicates otherwise.
Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and state Rep. Amy Stephens are also running for the GOP nomination. Buck, who lost a top pickup opportunity for Republicans in the 2010 Senate race, was the top fourth-quarter fundraiser among the Republicans.
Still, all three had weak hauls relative to Udall’s $1.2 million three-month take.
The race is rated Safe Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.