Washington (CNN) – As Christine O'Donnell grabbed national headlines this week, another Republican Senate nominee who enjoys strong backing from Tea Party activists, quietly came through the nation's capitol to meet with top GOP insiders.
Sharron Angle, Nevada's Republican Senate nominee, spent much of Thursday at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, huddling with senior party staffers and meeting with a number of GOP senators. A fundraiser on Angle's behalf was held Thursday night, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and Sen. John Ensign, among others, in attendance.
The Angle campaign tells CNN that "way more than we expected" was raised at the event. The fundraiser follows similar functions in New Jersey and New York City on Wednesday. The campaign tells CNN that they've been very successful raising money on-line and that much of what they have brought in is small dollar donations.
While most polls, including a new CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey out this week, indicate that the race is a deadheat, Angle trails when it comes to money in the bank. As of the end of June, Reid had nearly $9 million cash on hand, with Angle's campaign holding just under $2 million cash on hand.
The visit to Washington was Angle's second since winning the June primary.
Angle asked for help after her primary victory and there has been help coming," Angle campaign Communications Director Jarrod Agen told CNN. "This meeting was to give an update on where the campaign stands and to thank people for their help so far and to ask for that assistance to keep coming."
Angle, a former state lawmaker, beat 12 other candidates in the June 8 GOP primary to capture her party's Senate nomination.
CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report
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