Tea party candidate and Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) reported raising $500,000 in the ten weeks since he entered the race to defeat Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS).
In a state like Mississippi a $500,000 haul can go a long way. McDaniel has $350,000 cash on hand in the race, according to The Hill.
Cochran has not released his fundraising numbers yet but through the end of September, he had reportedly raised $800,000 in his campaign funds. Mississippi’s Clarion Ledger reported that Cochran raised $300,000 at a fundraiser earlier in the week.
McDaniel has made national headlines when it was reported that he attended at least one Neo-Confederate event in his state. TPM has also reported that McDaniel has blamed gun violence in the country on hip-hop and argued that there are not enough Muslim villains in movies.