It made news this week when 2012 Senate candidate Kurt Bills endorsed 2014 gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour. It is insignificant to the election (who has heard of Kurt Bills?), but it is a story that highlights the difficulties that conservatives must overcome in order to keep their leaders from drifting to the left.
When he was nominated by Republicans to run for the Senate in 2012, Bills sold himself as the conservative option. He had endorsed Ron Paul. He ran to become a delegate for Ron Paul at the Republican National Convention, taking one of the state's thirteen slots.