Trey Grayson's Senate campaign is rolling out the big guns, but does an endorsement from Dick Cheney really help in a Republican primary?

Grayson's campaign announced Cheney's backing Wednesday morning, with the former vice president calling the Kentucky Secretary of State a true conservative.

ā€œIā€™m a lifelong conservative, and I can tell the real thing when I see it. I have looked at the records of both candidates in the race, and it is clear to me that Trey Grayson is right on the issues that matter ā€“ both on fiscal responsibility and on national security,ā€ Cheney said.

Cheney also endorsed in the Texas governor's race, and it didn't seem to do Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) any good. As with Grayson, Cheney's endorsement in that race came down later in the race, when the endorsee looked to be in some serious trouble.

Grayson has plenty of ground to make up on Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 Overnight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal MORE, according to recent polling. And one has to wonder why, when there's such a premium on being the anti-establishment candidate these days -- that's really what Paul has working for him -- he's rolling out an endorsement from such an establishment figure.

It's hard to see Grayson making this move if he was tied with Paul or in the lead.