Louisville tea party leader endorses McConnell

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville tea party leader has endorsed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for re-election next year.

Marilyn Parker, a member of the Louisville metro council, announced the endorsement on Friday. She said she has always supported McConnell and that she made the formal public pronouncement to remove any doubts about that.

The endorsement by Parker, whose tea party activism propelled her into public office, is important to McConnell's re-election bid because he faces a challenge from tea party candidate Matt Bevin in the GOP primary.

The eventual Republican nominee will likely face Democratic front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election.

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