WASHINGTON (AP) - A national tea party group on Thursday endorsed Sharron Angle, a former member of the Nevada State Assembly, in this year's U.S. Senate race in Nevada.
She is one of 21 candidates - including 12 Republicans – trying to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is seeking a fifth term.
The Tea Party Express lists Angle as one of its seven heroes participating in Senate races around the country. The endorsement gives Angle a boost in publicity in an extremely crowded GOP primary election. She badly trails GOP front-runners Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian in statewide polling.
The organization made its endorsement at a press conference in Washington after beginning a national tour in Reid's hometown of Searchlight. Angle, a former substitute school teacher with an
anti-tax reputation, attended the news conference, and said she's hoping national tea party backing will alert conservatives around the country to her candidacy.
The group, which takes credit for helping sweep Republican Sen. Scott Brown into office in Massachusetts, promised to provide her with the resources necessary to compete in the primary, but Angle said no specifics were discussed.
"He said he needs $25 million to defeat me," Angle told the group, referring to Reid's goal of raising $25 million for the election. "I need a million conservatives to send $25."