Pawlenty endorses Coburn, Rep. Kirk, four others

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC has added six names to its list of endorsements for the 2012 midterm election.

The new endorsees include four top GOP House hopefuls, a Senate candidate and a senator:

-State Sen. Joe Heck, running for Congress in Nevada’s 3rd District
-Iraq veteran Adam Kinzinger, running for Congress in Illinois’ 11th District.
-Former Rep. Steve Chabot, running for Congress in Ohio’s 1st District.
-State Sen. Mick Mulvaney, running for Congress in South Carolina's 5th District.
-Rep. Mark Kirk, running for Senate in Illinois.
-Sen. Tom Coburn, running for Senate in Oklahoma.

Coburn faces no real danger this year, but the other five will be waging closely watched campaigns.

To help the candidates, Pawlenty will match donations through his website up to the $5,000 limit for each candidate. He will also send a fundraising e-mail on the candidate's behalf.

As The Ballot Box reported yesterday, Pawlenty will do an event for Mulvaney on May 8.