JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — National tea party groups are divvying up roles as they rush to boost Republican Chris McDaniel's effort to deny Sen. Thad Cochran a seventh term representing Mississippi.
The activist-focused FreedomWorks will run a door-to-door, get-out-the-vote operation ahead of the June 24 runoff. The anti-tax Club for Growth is ready to air even tougher television ads. The Tea Party Express will rally supporters with a high-wattage bus tour through Mississippi next weekend.
That frees up the cash-strapped McDaniel campaign to replenish his nearly empty campaign accounts for a three-week sprint to yet another Election Day.
McDaniel led Cochran in Tuesday's primary voting by fewer than 1,400 votes but fell short of a majority. That forced the two into an intraparty runoff that could prove costly and messy.