Perry backs McConnell

Greg Nash

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Saturday night endorsed Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellPeter Thiel does not make the GOP pro-gay Reid: Trump is a 'hateful con man' McAuliffe: Clinton won't move TPP without changes MORE (R-Ky.) in the Senate majority leader's reelection fight this year.

At a Lincoln, Reagan Dinner in Kentucky, Perry said the Kentucky Senate race and the entire midterm elections are "inextricably intertwined" with the future of the United States. 

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He predicted McConnell would be successful in his bid to win a sixth term in the Senate.  

"I love the number six," Perry said, according to the Associated Press. "Sam Houston was 6 foot 6 inches tall. And Mitch McConnell is going to be in his sixth term as United States senator."

Perry, who ran for president in 2012, is considered a potential contender for the GOP nomination in 2016, along with the junior senator from Kentucky Rand PaulRand PaulWhat to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE, who shares a close relationship with McConnell. 

During McConnell's remarks, the minority leader called Paul "an incredible and electable candidate for president of the United States."

Perry's endorsement comes as McConnell faces off in a primary battle against Matt Bevin in May. Polling for the race has shown McConnell with a more than 20-point lead. If he wins the primary, he will face off against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) in the general election. 

Bevin, who also attended the dinner, was not allowed to speak, according to the wire service. 

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