Washington (CNN) - The Tea Party Express has ignited somewhat of a political mystery, touting in a statement that it will make a "major endorsement in the 2010 elections" on Wednesday.
CNN has learned who will receive that endorsement: U.S. Senate candidate for Alaska, Joe Miller.
Miller, a lawyer in Fairbanks, Alaska, is mounting a long shot bid to oust Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a popular Republican and part of the GOP leadership in the Senate.
Though Miller has far less name identity in the state, a source tells CNN that the Tea Party Express will pour in resources – including people and money – to help Miller overcome the odds.
The group known for espousing conservative ideals in cross-country bus tours will try to "level the playing field" across Alaska on Miller's behalf, the source said.
The endorsement will also likely deepen a political plotline that has seen some national interest: Conservative favorite, yet controversial figure, Sarah Palin endorsed Miller on June 2 over Murkowski.
In a post on her Facebook page, Palin called Miller a "Commonsense Constitutional Conservative" with integrity and a man who "will never be bought off."
But Palin also blasted fellow Republican Murkowski.
"Unfortunately, Lisa Murkowski and much of the political establishment have recently evolved into being a bigger part of the big government problem in Washington, and they've strayed from the principles upon which they had espoused," Palin wrote. "They ushered in the largest increase in federal domestic spending since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society."
The political rivalry between Palin and Murkowski's family goes back some years. Palin beat the senator's father, then Gov. Frank Murkowski, in the 2006 GOP primary for governor. And when Palin resigned as governor last year, Murkowski was critical.
"I am deeply disappointed that the governor has decided to abandon the state and her constituents before her term has concluded," said Murkowski.
But in her endorsement of Miller, Palin down played any notion of bad blood between the two women, writing that "such is not the case." "I've always wished her well, but it is my firm belief that we need a bold reformer who is not afraid to stand up to special interests and take on the tough challenges of our time," Palin added.
The Tea Party Express endorsement of Miller follows other recent high-profile scenarios where conservative activists have targeted either sitting Republican lawmakers or GOP candidates favored by the party's establishment. Mark Williams, Chairman of the Tea Party Express, recently told CNN the group is on a "RINO hunt." "Republicans in name only" is a political slur within the GOP often used by staunch conservatives to refer to those deemed not conservative enough.
In May, Utah Republican Sen. Robert Bennett was denied a shot at a fourth term after failing to win enough support at the state party convention. Bennett's loss was partly fueled by an anti-Washington, anti-incumbency wave furthered by the Tea Party movement.
And on June 8 in Nevada, Tea Party Express-backed candidate Sharron Angle overcame long odds, beating GOP establishment favorite Sue Lowden and 11 other candidates in the Senate primary. Before the Tea Party Express backed Angle, she badly trailed Lowden in the polls. After the group poured $550,000 into the Nevada race to support Angle, along with assistance from other conservative groups, the candidate sat atop polls just before the primary. The organization now vows to pump in an additional $1 million+ into the race to help Angle defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The Tea Party Express sees a parallel in what it did for Angle, and what it hopes to do for Miller in Alaska.
"This guy is kind of a Sharron Angle type," a source told CNN.
Like Angle, Miller's campaign website states that he opposes financial bailouts and supports repeal of what he calls "Obamacare."
Saying that Miller is "in lock step with the Tea Party" on many issues, the source added that the group will "try and do the same thing we did with Angle."