Here are five candidates whose fundraising tallies will say a lot about the state of their campaigns.
Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R)
McDaniel announced in mid-October that he would challenge Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), a powerful appropriator who’s spent more than three decades in the Senate.
The state senator’s fundraising prowess has yet to be tested, so his numbers will provide a major clue as to how much of trouble Cochran is in.
McDaniel appears to have the best shot of any Tea Party challenger to knock off a Senate incumbent. Polling shows a competitive race, and Cochran hasn’t faced a real opponent in decades.
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)
Peterson has yet to say whether he’s running for reelection — and his slow fundraising pace through much of last year has many speculating the longtime Agriculture Committee member will retire.
Democrats have sought to put those rumors to rest, promising an improved number for Peterson in the fourth quarter from the dismal $82,000 he raised in the third….