The Tea Party Express has endorsed former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R), giving her a potential boost in her crowded Senate primary.
The group isn't a big-spending one, so it's unlikely their endorsement alone will make the difference in the race. But it's the latest sign that Handel is coalescing Tea Party support as she seeks to make the May 20th primary runoff.
Recent polling has found Handel surging into striking distance against businessman David Perdue (R) and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), two establishment candidates, with Tea Party favorite Reps. Phil GingreyPhil GingreyBeating the drum on healthcare Former GOP chairman joins K Street Former Rep. Gingrey lands on K Street MORE (R-Ga.) and Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (R-Ga.) falling behind.
She's locked in endorsements from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and RedState founder Erick Erickson, who's from Georgia, and despite a lack of resources for the race, she might be peaking at the right time.
Budowich alludes to the race's shifting dynamics as a reason for the endorsement.
"There are several good candidates in this race, but Karen is the only one who combines a conservative record and a proven ability to win a statewide election," she said.