[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/20/art.stutzman.stutzman.jpg caption ="Marlin Stutzman, pictured, is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate in Indiana."]Washington (CNN) - In the 24 hours since Sen. Jim DeMint endorsed Marlin Stutzman in the Indiana Senate race, DeMint's political action committee said it has raised "over $50,000" for Stutzman's underdog campaign.
The South Carolina senator, who has recently made a habit of endorsing conservative candidates in contested Republican primaries, endorsed Stutzman yesterday instead of former Sen. Dan Coats, considered the establishment frontrunner in the GOP race. The winner of the primary will take on Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth in the general election. The race is to fill the seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh.
"I'm very honored to be able to help Marlin in a small way," DeMint said in a statement announcing the fundraising boost Wednesday. "I know that if Hoosiers pick him on May 4, he will be a strong voice in the Senate for the principles of freedom."
The money comes at a welcome time for Stutzman, who said this month that he has just $70,000 in the bank as the May 4 primary approaches. The little-known state Senator launched his first television ad buy on Tuesday, and the cash from DeMint's PAC could help prop up his campaign in the final weeks of the race.