Paul: Labrador would be 'a great leader'
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Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulCurtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Glimmer of hope in bipartisan criminal justice reform effort Trump barrage stuns McConnell and his allies MORE (R-Ky.) has thrown his support behind Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador's bid to become the next House majority leader, according to the Associated Press.

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"I think Labrador would be a great leader," the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful said at the Idaho Republican Convention on Friday, joined by the second-term congressman.

Labrador jumped into the GOP leadership race to replace House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEx-RNC spokesman: After Trump remarks how can I tell minorities to vote GOP Kelly’s challenge? Bringing stability to Trump White House Special interests hide behind vets on Independence Day MORE on Friday, challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in next Thursday's special election.

During his keynote address, Paul urged unity within the Republican party ahead of the midterm election.