Robert Uihlein donated another $250,000 this month to the pro-McDaniel group, and the super PAC is “confident of further support” from other conservative donors if McDaniel enters the Senate race, the group’s treasurer Tommy Barnett, said in a statement provided first to USA TODAY.
The party’s establishment figures have raised big sums in the hopes of eliminating GOP primary clashes, such as last year’s fight in an Alabama special election. Roy Moore, the insurgent candidate in that race, won the primary, only to lose the general election to Democrat Doug Jones amid allegations that Moore had romantic relationships with teen girls decades ago.
McDaniel, however, is a well-known figure to Republican donors after nearly vanquishing Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran in a 2014 Senate race. Conservatives in the state have adopted the war cry of “Remember Mississippi” to argue that establishment figures improperly rallied around Cochran to rob McDaniel of the seat.