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Neck and neck in Mississippi

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Cochran got $500,000 for the race from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. But the bulk of the outside money went to McDaniel: more than $5 million invested by national tea party groups eager for a victory to show their continued relevance. FreedomWorks spent more than $300,000 for McDaniel while Club for Growth poured in nearly $2.25 million. The Senate Conservatives Fund spent more than $1 million while $650,000 came from the Tea Party Patriots.

“This would be a huge victory across the country for everyone who believes in a limited government,” said Russ Walker, the national political director for FreedomWorks.

McDaniel, in a Wednesday email to supporters, asked for more money for this overtime stretch leading to the runoff.

“I'm going to be brutally honest with you: Our campaign is pretty low on money,” McDaniel said in the email. “Will you help us gather the resources we need to compete these last three weeks?”

Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette contributed to this report.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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