Senate candidates are coming to rely more and more on contributions from outside their home states to keep their campaigns alive, especially in hotly-contested races. In fact, 13 of the 18 Senate candidates in the most contested races this year are relying predominantly on out-of-state donors to fund their efforts, according to a CQ MoneyLine analysis of campaign finance reports through the first half of 2008.
Leading the pack of those 13 candidates are two prominent Democratic challengers — Al Franken, who is looking to unseat Minnesota Republican Norm Coleman , and former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, who is challenging Republican Sen. John E. Sununu . Franken and Shaheen had both raised 78 percent of their funds as of June 30 from individuals who live outside the state. Sununu was a close third, with 77 percent of his funds coming from out-of-state donors.
• Ronnie Musgrove, D-Miss., 58 percent