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Ken Cuccinelli Takes The Helm At Senate Conservatives Fund

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Cuccinelli, who ran unsuccessfully for Virginia governor last year against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, said in a video message that under his leadership, the Jim DeMint-founded group will continue to "stand up to the status quo, continuing to support conservative candidates wherever we find them, and, yes, that means continuing to take on Republican incumbents who’ve lost their way.”

"Standing up to the establishment isn’t easy, but it is the right thing to do if we are going to save our country," he added.

The Tea-Party aligned outside group has endorsed several winning candidates this primary season, including Ben Sasse in Nebraska and Joni Ernst in Iowa. Another SCF-backed candidate, Chris McDaniel, is polling ahead in a runoff primary election against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS).

This post has been updated.