April 21st, 2010
12:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Indiana Sen. hopeful’s fundraising boost after DeMint backing

[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.

Filed under: 2010 • GOP • Indiana • Jim DeMint • Marlin Stutzman
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Kyle, Indiana

    Who? I'm from Indiana and I haven't even heard of this guy. ALL candidates for the U.S. Senate are fools, but Ellsworth is the best candidate.

    April 21, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Any candidate aligned with the Tea Party, Jim Demented and Sarah "PayMe" Palin definitely do not have my vote. The conservatives are what's wrong with America today. They claim to be conservative, but their policies from the Bush Administration show otherwise. Why all of a sudden are they concerned about spending? They didn't say a darn thing about the unpaid for wars and the unpaid for Medicare Rx bill.

    April 21, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Larry

    "DeMint's political action committee said it has raised "over $50,000" for Stutzman's underdog campaign." The campaign is being run by Underdog Lady who will do her dance at the next teabaagger rally in support of sgt. Shultzman and Jim Demented.

    April 21, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Average American

    A strong voice for the principles of freedom? What the heck does tha mean? I know it sounds good to all of you in the real america, but seriously, what does this dude stand for? Does he stand for freedom of religion (all religions, including Islam)? Does he stand for freedom of speech (even speech he doesn't agree with)? Does he stand for freedom to make your own health decisions (including contraception – or would he support pharmacists who refuse to give a grown woman birth control pills because it's against their religion) Oh, I won't even get into freedom to marry the person you love or freedom to serve in our military without having to lie about who you are. I'm sure I know where "Mr. Freedom" stands on those issues!

    April 21, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. get real

    That's exactly what Indiana needs....influence from South Carolina. That state's doin' so well. We should all want to be just like South Carolina when we grow up!

    April 21, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. joel palmer

    Please, every democrat sent this guy a buck! He will destroy Coats and then lose in the general election!

    April 21, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    Isn't an endorsement by Jim DeMint like the kiss of death? The guy is nuts.

    April 21, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Blkman

    I don't see it................................how on earth can republican ever be "a strong voice for freedom"?

    April 21, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Florida Joe

    People of Indiana.....RUN from anyone that values an endorsement from DimWhit DeMint..............Hey Dimwhit, how did that Waterloo for Obama work out for ya?????

    April 21, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Larry

    If I were running for office I'd hope DeMint wouldn't endorse me.

    April 21, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |