ROANOKE, Va. — Republicans exited their U.S. Senate nominating convention far more unified than they did a year ago.

The inside party bickering all but ceased when Ed Gillespie’s chief opponent, Shak Hill, conceded defeat and pledged his support in the campaign to unseat incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Mark Warner.

“Gillespie has a foot in both camps — the establishment and the tea party movement,” GOP strategist and Gillespie supporter Ali Akbar told Watchdog.