“McConnell is going to be seen as backing up the president, that’s going to help him at the end of the day with the conservative base in Kentucky, and nationally,” said Jason Pye, the group’s vice president of legislative affairs for FreedomWorks, a conservative group that in the past raised questions about the senator’s loyalty to its causes.

Comer agreed.

“The far right wing of the party has kind of been a problem for him in the past but I think he’s solidified with that wing of the party,” Comer said.

McConnell in 2014 successfully fended off a primary challenge from now-Gov. Matt Bevin, who has said he will run for re-election this year. He has yet to file the official paperwork, prompting speculation about his plans.