Redstate.com’s Erick Erickson conceded Tuesday that he did not expect tea party Senate candidate Matt Bevin to win the Republican nomination for Senate and so, Erickson wrote, he would support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the general election.
Erickson made the announcement in a blog post on Tuesday afternoon, around the time polls closed in the Kentucky Senate race. Erickson wrote:
Matt Bevin will not be the Republican nominee in Kentucky. As much as I wish he would be, all of us have to deal with reality. The reality is that it will be Mitch McConnell or Allison Grimes comes November. And I sure as hell don’t want Allison Grimes.
So I will proudly support Mitch McConnell. I sent his campaign $250.00 today to help build the general election war chest. People tell me I’m a leader in the conservative movement. Sometimes leading means going where I’d prefer not to.
The post is a shift from what Erickson wrote in the past. In February Erickson said “I’m sticking with Matt Bevin. I want to save America. To do that, Washington must change. But Washington won’t change unless we change the leadership of the Republican Party.”