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Senate primary backers shaking up race

The multiplying endorsements in Kansas' GOP primary for U.S. Senate are testing the assumption that the race pits a conservative, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, against a moderate, Rep. Jerry Moran. The Daily Kos observed: "Jim DeMint, best known as the most right-wing member of the U.S. Senate (and last seen endorsing Joe Wilson's embarrassing tantrum against the president last week), endorsed Moran. This qualifies as a pretty big surprise, as the consensus had long been that Tiahrt was the more conservative of the two." The Swing State Project blog noted that Moran also got conservative Sen. Tom Coburn's endorsement last spring, and "the somewhat more mainstream figures of John McCain and Richard Burr will also headline Moran fundraisers in D.C."