It's that momentum for Kelly that prompted Hutchison's exit. Kelly's wrapping up key endorsements and, thanks in huge part to the Daily Kos community, fundraising. The last public poll was released two weeks ago with Kelly surging.
Hutchinson had 20 percent in that poll, to Kelly's 26 and Debbie Halvorson's 22 percent. That fifth of primary voters is now up for grabs, and Hutchison's endorsement is going to be critical to swaying this race to Kelly. The NRA's candidate, Halvorson, certainly realizes that and is lashing out, accusing the two of engineering a "backroom deal."
Kelly has less than two weeks to seal the deal, with the primary on Feb. 26. So we can't slack.