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McAdams rakes in $650,000 in September

Attorney Joe Miller’s upset victory over Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Republican Senate primary in late August didn’t just give an unexpected boost to his tea party backers — it also stirred support for Democratic nominee Scott McAdams.

McAdams, the mayor of Sitka, announced Saturday he raked in more than $650,000 in about five weeks following the primary.

Before Murkowski was defeated in the primary, McAdams was expected to be little more than a sacrificial lamb. He had raised just $17,000 by early August after joining the Senate race in early June, according to his pre-primary fundraising report. But some Democrats now think Murkowski’s write-in campaign could split the GOP vote and give them a chance to steal the Alaska seat in November.

McAdams’ recent financial haul has allowed him to launch a media offensive that includes a pair of commercials as well as radio advertising.

More than half of McAdams’ contributions came from Alaskans and 90 percent were less than $200, according to the release from his campaign.

“I haven’t taken trips to Washington D.C., and I haven’t had big-dollar dinners with corporate donors,” McAdams said in the release. “This campaign is about Alaskans and giving them the opportunity to support a strong future for our state.”

Miller has been on a fundraising jaunt in Washington, D.C., in the past week. He has been embraced by the national GOP establishment since winning the primary.