U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt has wrangled up a bunch of endorsements over the past few weeks. But today's pair might be the biggest catches of all.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, backed Blunt's bid for the U.S. Senate today. Only one other person running for an open seat - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist - received a similar endorsement.
"He is traveling the state, engaging voters, and offering solutions to the economic, health care, and education needs facing Show Me State voters," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. "While the likely Democrat nominee prefers to remain silent or undecided on the challenges confronting our country, Roy Blunt is - as he always has - providing critical leadership at home and in Washington."
The NRSC is a major third-party group in charge of providing resources and assistance to Senate candidates. A counterpart group - known as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee - has assisted probable Democratic nominee Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.
The move could freeze out potential GOP challengers - such as former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman or state Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield - from being about challenge Blunt financially. Blunt has also received backing from essentially every major Missouri Republican political figure in the state.
Still, Crist's endorsement from the NRSC hasn't been without detractors. Some national figures are breaking with the decision and endorsing former House Speaker Marco Rubio's Senate bid.
Whether this news causes something similar to occur in the Show Me State remains to be seen