The Tea Party Express has thrown its support behind Sen. Thad CochranThad CochranOvernight Defense: FBI chief confirms Trump campaign, Russia probe | Senators push for Afghan visas | Problems persist at veterans' suicide hotline Senators ask to include visas for Afghans in spending bill Shutdown politics return to the Senate MORE's (R-Miss.) primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, for its first endorsement of the cycle.
Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer made a stop in Mississippi Tuesday to announce the endorsement, calling McDaniel "the kind of promising conservative leader that is desperately needed in Washington, D.C."
The Tea Party Express struck that tone in a fundraising pitch sent to supporters, which praised Cochran as having "served Mississippi with honor" but emphasized the need to send "fresh blood" to Washington.
"Senator Cochran has served Mississippi with honor, but it has come time to send some fresh blood, energy, and ideas to D.C. Washington has become a basin of failed solutions to address the growing debt and anemic economic growth," the email reads.
"McDaniel has the passion and zeal to get things done and fight for what is right."
Earlier this week, McDaniel received a boost from the Madison Project, a conservative group that has endorsed him and launched a five-week statewide radio ad touting his work in the Mississippi state Senate.