UPDATED: Updated at 11:11 with link to Roanoke Tea Party’s post on the endorsement.
Godsey and Del. Dave Nutter, R-Christiansburg, are both seeking the Republican nomination in that race to challenge incumbent Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke.
Roanoke Tea Party President Chip Tarbutton said of Godsey: “We feel he will uphold the principles we like to see politicians follow in their role as a representative of the people. We feel he will do a fine job of that and a better job than the other candidate in the Republican primary.”
Nutter’s total includes more than $40,000 from Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Opportunity Virginia PAC.
Tarbutton downplayed the disparity in campaign finance so far: “It helps to have more money, but in a campaign like this it’s more important to get out and meet people, to do the hard campaigning work: Knocking on doors, getting signs up, and just highlighting the differences on the issues.”
The primary election will be held on August 23.
Previous stories about Godsey:
June 3, 2011: Tripp Godsey says he’ll challenge Sen. John Edwards
July 3, 2011: Tea party Senate hopeful Tripp Godsey fears U.N. control