Mike Huckabee endorses Mark Harris in GOP Senate primary

01/16/2014 11:46 AM

01/16/2014 11:47 AM

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Harris is touting the endorsement of Mike Huckabee.

The former Arkansas governor and presidential contender called Harris a leader who voters “can trust to place their oath of office above partisan politics by fighting for the Constitution and standing up for what they believe in.

“Mark is the right choice for conservatives and Republicans in North Carolina," Huckabee said in a statement issued by Harris’ campaign Thursday.

Like Harris, Huckabee is a Baptist minister. And Huckabee made the case that Harris can bring together a broad coalition of voters – at least on the Republican side. "And as previous campaigns have shown in North Carolina, you can’t select a candidate that divides people, you must select the candidate that unites people,” he said

The endorsement isn’t likely to change the calculus of the race but it’s a shot of energy for Harris, who has struggled to differentiate himself from other candidates and compete directly with Republican Thom Tillis, the early front-runner in the race.

Huckabee’.s national network of supporters – cultivated from his presidential campaign and role on Fox News – is likely to support Harris and he is urging them to donate to the campaign and volunteer “to help make sure we get a true fiscal and social conservative in the U.S. Senate from North Carolina."

Other candidates in the race are getting help from well-known politicians. Tillis has support of Karl Rove, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, among others. Greg Brannon has the backing of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. And Bill Flynn is touting the backing of conservative health care expert C.L. Gray.

The different allegiances reflects the divisions among Republican Party leaders and voters when it comes to the race to beat Democrat Kay Hagan

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