Kentucky Republicans line up behind Paul
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (R-Ky.) will have the support of nearly all of the Kentucky GOP delegation, as he launches his bid for the White House. 

Kentucky GOP Reps. Thomas Massie, Andy BarrGarland (Andy) Hale BarrHouse considers harsher rules for banks with North Korean ties Lobbying World Dem who called for 'new generation' of leaders endorses three House candidates MORE and Brett GuthrieBrett GuthrieWorking together for patients Rob Thomas: Anti-Trump celebs have become 'white noise' House panel approves bills on juvenile justice, missing children MORE told The Hill on Monday they will back Paul's presidential run and will be on hand for his Tuesday announcement in Louisville.

A representative for Rep. Ed WhitfieldEd WhitfieldWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog What Azerbaijan wants from Israel? Overnight Energy: Green group sues Exxon over climate science MORE (R-Ky.) responded to a question about whether he would endorse Paul in 2016 by saying he would be at the launch event on Tuesday.

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Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) has a policy of not getting involved in primaries, but a representative said he wishes Paul well and will support whoever the eventual GOP nominee is.

In December, Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) said he would “almost certainly” back Paul should he seek the White House, although it’s yet to be seen how active the Senate majority leader will be on the campaign trail.

“I'm going to be helpful to him in any way I can be,” McConnell said at the time. “But I'm not going to be tromping around in New Hampshire and Iowa. I can tell you that.”

Paul provided crucial support to McConnell's 2014 reelection as he faced a Tea Party challenger. 

With the majority of Kentucky Republicans in his pocket, Paul will be looking for support on Capitol Hill from those outside of his home state, and particularly in early voting states.

National Journal reported on Monday that Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse votes to crack down on undocumented immigrants with gang ties GOP lawmaker taunts House conservatives: Trump’s base is not ‘small faction of obstructionists’ Overnight Finance: GOP plans to unveil tax framework in late September | Critical stretch for Trump tax team | Equifax CEO called to testify | Sanders unveils single-payer bill MORE (R-Mich.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) will support Paul and will appear with him at rallies later this week.

Paul is expected to announce his bid for the White House on Tuesday in Kentucky and will follow that up with trips to New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada.

— This story was updated at 8:36 a.m.