Johanns endorses Moran for Kan. Senate

Seeking to turn the page on Monday's news that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) has endorsed his GOP rival, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, Rep. Jerry Moran announced Tuesday that Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) has endorsed his bid for the Senate.

Tiahrt and Moran and squaring off in the GOP primary for retiring Sen. Sam Brownback's (R). Brownback is running for governor.

In a statement, Johanns touted Moran's credentials on agriculture.

"A leader both in Kansas and nationally, I look forward to having Jerry Moran as part of the United States Senate, he said. "Among the few national leaders in agriculture, Jerry has been a driving force in agriculture policy throughout his time in Congress, but has never lost sight of the people for whom he works."

Moran has also nabbed the endorsement of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com