Crossing State Lines for More Campaign Money

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

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