FreedomWorks endorsed another six Republican House hopefuls on Wednesday and Thursday. As is typical for the group, it skipped over candidates who can boast establishment support — particularly from national and statewide elected officials — opting instead to back those with grassroots support.
The conservative group even went so far as to back former North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Kevin Cramer, who bypassed the state party convention last month. Cramer has opted to run against his party's choice for the state's at-large seat, Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk, in the primary.
The group also endorsed Rep. David Schweikert, who is facing fellow freshman Rep. Ben Quayle in a hotly contested primary in Arizona's 6th District. Schweikert has earned the ire of House GOP leadership for his willingness to buck the party — a quality that FreedomWorks highlighted in its endorsement. Schweikert is the favorite among other conservative groups as well, including Citizens United and the Club for Growth.
On Thursday, FreedomWorks also backed Arizona state Sen. Ron Gould, who is challenging freshman Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., in the state's new 4th District. The Club for Growth has endorsed Gould as well, calling Gosar a "liberal Republican."
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