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Obama Raises $32 Million in January, Fights for Kansas

Barack Obama received a significant influx of cash in January, raising $32 million in that one month alone, which is breathing new life into his campaign going forward.

The money will help Obama compete in more than 20 states holding primaries or caucuses on Feb. 5, including California, New York and New Jersey. In addition, the campaign will air commercials beginning tomorrow in the states voting through Feb. 12, Plouffe said. Obama and New York Senator Hillary Clinton are in a two-person race to capture the Democratic presidential nomination.

Obama's one-month tally is the most ever reported for January of a presidential election year, Federal Election Commission reports show. President George W. Bush raised $12.8 million in January 2004 for his re-election campaign. The eventual 2004 Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, raised more than $32 million in later months.

Plouffe said the Obama campaign counted 170,000 new donors in the last month, bringing its total to 650,000.

"Our strongest day of the whole month was the day after the New Hampshire primary,'' which Obama lost to Clinton, Plouffe said. "We took a lot of encouragement from that because it showed the resolve of our donor base.''

Clinton spokesman Phil Singer did not immediately respond to a phone call and an e-mail request for information about the campaign's January fundraising totals. Presidential candidates this year will report their totals monthly to the Federal Election Commission, with the January figures due Feb. 20.

The reports are due today, so I will update this post with the financial reports of the remaining candidates on both sides as they become available.

One of the battleground states in which Obama is making a concerted stand heading into Super-Duper Tuesdays matches is Kansas. Here's an Obama Kansas TV ad which features the endorsement of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

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Comments (2)

Steve Crickmore:

Huffington says that..

Obama is now advertising in 20 of the 22 states in play for next week's Super Tuesday and plans to begin advertising in seven more states that hold primaries or caucuses later in February. Rival Hillary Rodham Clinton is advertising in 12 Super Tuesday states, including her home state of New York.

That sounds like quite an advantage for Obama.

Lee Ward:

Obama has to spend a lot going into next Tuesday because he's the underdog at this point. He's spending in states where Clinton doesn't feel she needs to spend.

Clinton can hold back on spending if she chooses, but I suspect with Barack upping his spending she'll feel compelled to do likewise.


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