Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has chosen to backÂ establishment incumbent Thad Cochran over his Tea Party opponent, ChrisÂ McDaniel.
McConnell is going to host a â€śrun-off receptionâ€ť for CochranÂ to help him raise money to fund his fight against McDaniel. The event will takeÂ place on June 19th at the National Republican Senatorial CommitteeÂ in Washington, D.C.
â€śOur friend Thad is in a battle in the coming weeks thatÂ will have a very real impact on our fight for the majority. You have helped allÂ of us in the past, and we need your help now,â€ť wrote McConnell in an email toÂ Republican Party donors.
â€śIt is critical that he has the financial resources now, andÂ we are going to make sure he has them. We have been in this situation beforeÂ and all of us know well from experience, this is no time to sit on theÂ sidelines,â€ť continues McConnell.
McConnell is referring to the fact that Republicans have aÂ strong chance of taking back the Senate this fall in the midterm elections.Â McConnell believes that an establishment candidate such as Cochran will have aÂ much better chance of holding the Mississippi Senate seat come November.
Mississippi is a Republican stronghold though, so nominatingÂ a Tea Party conservative is not as risky a prospect as it is in most states.Â The seat will remain Republican regardless, so McConnell is backing theÂ establishment for reasons other than wanting electoral success.
Cochran and McDaniel will face off once again on June 24th,Â so each candidate only have a few weeks to raise money and campaign untilÂ voters decide who will face the Democratic candidate.
â€śThe NRSC has promised to support Cochran in the secondÂ phase of his re-election bid, but some outside groups, such as Karl Roveâ€™sÂ American Crossroads, have decided to forego spending money in the race to focusÂ on battleground states,â€ť reports the WashingtonÂ Examiner.
McConnellâ€™s backing of Cochran comes just after he beat out a Tea Party challenger of his own. Matt Bevin challenged McConnell in an incredibly expensive primary race last month. It cost McConnell millions of dollars that he would have otherwise spent on the general election in November.
Even though Bevin was the Tea Party backed candidate, SenatorÂ Rand Paul endorsed McConnell, as he saw the benefit in continuing an allianceÂ with the top Republican in the U.S. Senate.