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Laura Ingraham says she’s ‘all in’ for Lamar Alexander’s primary challenger

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Conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham said Monday she's "all in" for state Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr (R) in his long-shot bid to unseat Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in next month's primary.

"I'm all in for Joe Carr. Look, he's no nonsense, he's a citizen legislator, he'll be. And he'll be someone who will actually listen to the people," Ingraham said on her radio program.

Ingraham endorsed underdog challenger Dave Brat ahead of his unlikely win over Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in June. Brat ran to Cantor's right on immigration as Carr is doing with Alexander.

It's not yet clear whether being "all in" will translate to on the ground support for Carr ahead of the Aug. 7 primary. In the Cantor race, Ingraham stumped for Brat in the Richmond-area district.

She criticized Alexander for supporting the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last year and called Carr -- who opposes the bill -- "terrific" on immigration.

Ingraham, who has long opposed the Senate immigration bill, had Carr on her show last month just days after Brat's win and gave him about 15 minutes to explains his candidacy. Her remarks Monday appeared to be her strongest support yet for his candidacy.

Alexander, who has a big cash advantage and started ramping up his 2014 campaign back in 2012, is viewed as heavy frontrunner against Carr and a handful of other minor Republicans.

National tea party groups have mostly stayed away from Carr's campaign.  The Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund, two groups that have spent big money trying to unseat Republican senators this cycle, have not endorsed him.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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