Kentucky Republicans line up behind Paul
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle MORE (R-Ky.) will have the support of nearly all of the Kentucky GOP delegation, as he launches his bid for the White House. 

Kentucky GOP Reps. Thomas Massie, Andy BarrAndy BarrThe Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights Democrat Josh Hicks wins Kentucky primary to challenge Andy Barr McGrath fends off Booker to win Kentucky Senate primary MORE and Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieHillicon Valley: Tech giants poised to weather coronavirus damage | Record Facebook-FTC deal approved | Bipartisan 5G bill introduced Lawmakers introduce legislation to boost American 5G efforts Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter dismantle Russian interference campaign targeting African Americans | YouTube to allow ads on coronavirus videos | Trump signs law banning federal funds for Huawei equipment MORE told The Hill on Monday they will back Paul's presidential run and will be on hand for his Tuesday announcement in Louisville.

A representative for Rep. Ed WhitfieldWayne (Ed) Edward WhitfieldBottom Line Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog What Azerbaijan wants from Israel? MORE (R-Ky.) responded to a question about whether he would endorse Paul in 2016 by saying he would be at the launch event on Tuesday.

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Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) has a policy of not getting involved in primaries, but a representative said he wishes Paul well and will support whoever the eventual GOP nominee is.

In December, Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Ernst: Renaming Confederate bases is the 'right thing to do' despite 'heck' from GOP Advocacy groups pressure Senate to reconvene and boost election funding MORE (R-Ky.) said he would “almost certainly” back Paul should he seek the White House, although it’s yet to be seen how active the Senate majority leader will be on the campaign trail.

“I'm going to be helpful to him in any way I can be,” McConnell said at the time. “But I'm not going to be tromping around in New Hampshire and Iowa. I can tell you that.”

Paul provided crucial support to McConnell's 2014 reelection as he faced a Tea Party challenger. 

With the majority of Kentucky Republicans in his pocket, Paul will be looking for support on Capitol Hill from those outside of his home state, and particularly in early voting states.

National Journal reported on Monday that Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats fear US already lost COVID-19 battle Michigan candidate's daughter urges people not to vote for him in viral tweet Can Trump break his 46 percent ceiling? MORE (R-Mich.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) will support Paul and will appear with him at rallies later this week.

Paul is expected to announce his bid for the White House on Tuesday in Kentucky and will follow that up with trips to New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada.

— This story was updated at 8:36 a.m.