From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
It looks like "Chicken-gate" may have come too early for Democrats.
The Club for Growth endorsed former state Rep. Sharron Angle in the GOP Senate primary in Nevada.
The frontrunner has been former state Republican party chairwoman Sue Lowden. But her comments about bartering chickens as a form of health care have made Republicans think twice about her potential strength against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), one of the most endangered incumbents left this cycle.
Lowden's lead has dropped in polling. A May 10-11 Mason-Dixon poll showed Lowden leading Angle and Danny Tarkanian 30%-25%-22%. But that is a big drop from a month earlier when the same poll showed Lowden leading Tarkanian and Angle, 45%-27%-5%.
"Sharron Angle is everything a pro-growth, limited-government, economic conservative can be, and everything Washington and the country need right now," Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement. "She was the undisputed fiscal conservative leader in the Nevada State Assembly, and she has the courage and skill to step into the same role in the U.S. Senate. Sharron Angle is the true economic conservative in the Nevada Senate race, a candid, common-sense leader with the courage to stand up against liberal big spenders in both parties. Sharron is Harry Reid's worst nightmare, and Nevada's best hope. Her courageous, honest style and principled leadership will do more good in six years in the Senate than Reid's corrupt backroom deals and trillion-dollar boondoggles could in a lifetime."
This is the 12th endorsement for the Club for Growth. The others include: incumbent Sens. Jim DeMint (SC) and Tom Coburn (Okla.), Senate candidates Marco Rubio (FL) and Pat Toomey (PA), House candidates Kevin Calvey (OK-5), Tom Graves (GA-9), Tim Huelskamp (KS-1), Mike Pompeo (KS-4), Robin Smith (TN-3), Jeff Duncan (SC-3), and Tim Scott (SC-01).