House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) gave former Florida state Rep. Adam Hasner (R) his nod for the House in Florida.

Hasner had been running in the GOP Senate primary to take on Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), but was barely registering in the polls. Redistricting in Florida then sparked a round of musical chairs that led Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) to decide last week to run for reelection in another district, creating an opening in his southern Florida district.

Hasner announced on Wednesday he would drop his Senate campaign and run for the House — with the blessing of both West and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The endorsement by Cantor, a fellow Jewish Republican, could lend further clout to Hasner's campaign, but it also makes it easier for the Democrat who emerges from the primary to paint him as the hand-picked candidate of Washington. West's old district was made much more difficult for a Republican to hold, likely a prime reason he decided to run elsewhere.

"Adam shares my passion for the vital U.S.-Israel relationship and he has consistently distinguished himself as a vocal advocate for Israel's security," Cantor said in a statement. "Adam is a tireless campaigner and has a proven record of winning elections in the coastal communities of Palm Beach and Broward Counties."