FreedomWorks backs slew of incumbents

FreedomWorks is throwing its support behind a dozen incumbents, none of whom are facing serious primary challengers.

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The Tea Party-affiliated group is endorsing three senators and nine congressmen, all conservatives and many of whom have sparred with GOP leadership.

All are from safely Republican territory and don't face threats from Democrats, and none appear to have much to worry about in their primaries, so it's unclear how much the endorsements matter. One, Rep. Louie GohmertLouie GohmertGOP lawmaker threatens Target boycott over LGBT bathroom policy Republicans face off with protesters outside Supreme Court Republican: Obama, Trump use same tactics against critics MORE (R-Texas), has already won his primary, and the rest are running unopposed or face token opposition.

The endorsees include Sens. James InhofeJames InhofeThree more Republican senators to meet with Supreme Court nominee Senate unveils B waterways bill with aid for Flint 0 million Flint aid package included in water bill MORE (Okla.), Tim ScottTim ScottCBS News lands Sanders as WHCA dinner guest Department of labor overtime rule is a roadblock to a bright career path Pop superstar Prince dies in Minnesota home MORE (S.C.) and Jim RischJim RischSen. Cory Gardner endorses Cruz GOP lawmakers vie for convention power GOP senator on endorsing Cruz: 'I guess it depends on your definition' MORE (Idaho), and Reps. Jim BridenstineJim BridenstineRepublicans blast Pentagon energy programs Louie Gohmert faces his biggest challenge Rubio surges in Oklahoma: poll MORE (Okla.), Ron DeSantis (Fla.), Tom GravesTom GravesLobbying World GOP chairman taking highway funding search to Atlanta The Hill's Whip List: Trade bill picks up momentum MORE (Ga.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Matt SalmonMatt SalmonHouse conservatives push for strong majority of majority rule Kasich quest angering GOP McCain faces toughest reelection of his career MORE (Ariz.), Mark Sanford (S.C.) and Ted YohoTed YohoA conservative solution to trade Republicans: Brussels, Paris might change allies' minds about Guantánamo Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief sends warning shot to China MORE (Fla.).

"FreedomWorks PAC is working hard to bring fresh talent to the table, but it’s also critical to protect the new generation of leadership that has begun repopulating the Republican Party," FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said.

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