CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Fueled by $57,000 in personal loans to his campaign, Todd Gardenhire matched rival Greg Vital dollar for dollar in spending on the Republican Senate District 10 primary from July 1-26, state records show.
Meanwhile, Vital's pre-primary filing with the state Registry of Election Finance shows a new player joining his campaign.
Vital had a tough July, grappling with two controversies. On July 19, the Vital campaign paid $4,297 to Election Impact Group, a Mississippi-based professional political consulting firm with extensive Republican primary experience. The firm was started by Howie Morgan, who worked in Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's first campaign in 2002.