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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:13 pm

Rand Paul endorses Stutzman for Senate

Brian Francisco | The Journal Gazette

U.S. senators from Kentucky are divided over who they want as the next senator from Indiana.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has endorsed Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, Stutzman's Senate campaign announced Wednesday.

Stutzman's opponent for the GOP nomination in Indiana's May 3 primary, Rep. Todd Young, R-9th, has been supported by two political action committees with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Paul, a former candidate for the GOP nomination for president, said in a statement that Stutzman "will be a principled conservative who will defend life and liberty."

Paul also said: "We cannot continue to elect politicians who will support the status quo. We need leaders who will fight to dismantle the power structure in Washington and return our government to the people.”

Two PACs allied with McConnell – the Senate Leadership Fund and a group named One Nation – are reportedly spending almost $1 million to boost Young's campaign.