Bridenstine said he couldn't match Sullivan's campaign spending, but he tried to maintain a presence in all segments.
“If he did four direct mail pieces, we did one,'' Bridenstine said. “If he ran four ads on TV, we ran one, if he ran four radio ads, we ran one.”
Bridenstine said he didn't have financial support from tea party groups, but did have endorsements and support from Tulsa's 9.12 Project, which is aligned with tea party values, and the Restoring America Project, which is led by tea party leaders.
“I've been called tea party,” Bridenstine said Wednesday. “At this point, I'm a Republican. I see the tea party as not really a cohesive group. There are as many different types of tea party folks as there are Republicans.”
Tea partyers generally believe in strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution, low taxes and low regulation, said Bridenstine, who has pledged to serve no more than six years in the House if he is elected.
Heading into the general election campaign against Democrat John Olson and independent Craig Allen, Bridenstine said his goal is to unite all Republicans.