Former Vice President Dick Cheney has made his first endorsement of the 2010 elections, backing Trey Grayson over Tea Party favorite Rand Paul in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary.
Grayson, Kentucky's secretary of state, has been supported by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and is seen as the establishment candidate. Paul, a physician and son of Texas GOP congressman Ron Paul, is backed by grassroots conservative activists and has been endorsed by Sarah Palin.
In a statement
on Grayson's campaign Web site, Cheney called the secretary of state "the real conservative in this race."
"I'm a lifelong conservative, and I can tell the real thing when I see it. I have looked at the records of both candidates in the race, and it is clear to me that Trey Grayson is right on the issues that matter -- both on fiscal responsibility and on national security," Cheney said.
Before Cheney's endorsement, most polls showed Paul holding a steady lead over Grayson, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and Attorney General Jack Conway are running in the Democratic Senate primary. The vote is May 18.
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