Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel picked up high-profile endorsements from nationally-known Republican conservatives over the weekend.
Former Pennsylvania senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum endorsed McDaniel during an event on the Mississippi coast over the weekend.
Santorum says he decided to throw his weight behind McDaniel after recent events took the focus away from the issues that voters needed to focus on.
"I saw the issues veering away from what was important," said Santorum. "Things happened that took away the focus on the decision being what kind of representative do you want in Washington, D.C.?"
Santorum was the second big-name conservative to endorse McDaniel over the weekend.
Former Alaska Gov. Sara Palin endorsed him Friday during an event in Ellisville.