In sports talk, the tea party has caused a national upset. However, it might not have what it takes to do so in Missouri.
According to an analysis done by the Associated Press, state Sen. Chuck Purgason believes the conservative Republican movement stands a shot at winning an election in Missouri.
Purgason is the better known candidate out of the eight hopefuls running against U.S. Representative Roy Blunt in the Aug. 3 Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate. Blunt is widely touted as being the party's pick to win the primary.
Unlike tea party candidates in other states, Purgason has had some trouble keeping a big bank account. Purgason spent most of the more than $32,000 he raised and had only $148 in his campaign account at the start of July, according to the AP article.
"Joe the Plumber," the Ohio man who questioned then-Sen. Barack Obama about his economic policies during the presidential campaign, was Purgason's biggest contributor.
Blunt, Purgason's opponent, raised $2.2 million in just the past three months and had $4.5 million in his campaign account, the AP article said.
Retiring Sen. Kit Bond, the man both Purgason and Blunt are hoping to replace, has thrown his support behind Blunt.
Purgason has also run fewer television ads than his opponent, although he did get a lot of press last week when he led a 20-hour filibuster attempt to stop a bill that would provide tax incentives to Ford Motor Co.
Can Chuck Purgason beat Roy Blunt for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate?