CNN reports that Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, is backing Jeb Bush for president,
The endorsement marks Bush’s fourth Senate endorsement and 30th total from a member of Congress.
“Jeb Bush is the proven leader the American people need as we face grave threats from abroad and continued economic challenges at home. Jeb is a serious leader with executive experience and a forward-looking vision,” said Cochran, who’s now in his seventh term in the Senate.
According to the report Bush also has support from other liberal Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Susan Collins of Maine. The Republican candidate, who now finds himself in the low-single digits in national polls, leads the GOP presidential field with Senate endorsements.
Cochran narrowly survived a conservative primary challenge last year by Chris McDaniel. Despite heavy anti-Washington sentiment that rocketed McDaniel to tea party fame, Cochran won a closely-watched runoff in part thanks to Democratic voters who turned out in support.
McDaniel endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in August. Cruz is now surging in the latest national polls and leads by five points in the latest polls in Iowa.