COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Tea party hero Jim DeMint is spending far more time helping elect like-minded conservatives to the U.S. Senate than addressing the nominal opponent he has at home.
DeMint is quick to rebut the perception that he spends his time traveling the country promoting candidates, saying that's largely done through the Web or in interviews near his Washington office.
Still, his Senate Conservatives Fund has contributed more than $1 million to candidates in 2010.
For his own race, he has $3.5 million cash. That compares to zero raised by primary opponent Susan Gaddy.
The winner in the June 8 race will face 1 of 2 Democrats in November. Former legislator and judge Vic Rawl of Charleston has raised $185,000 since announcing in March. Unemployed military veteran Alvin Greene of Manning has raised nothing.