The following is an excerpt from Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars | February 15, 2012 | USA TODAY |
WASHINGTON – President Obama has outraised the top Republican presidential fundraiser in two-thirds of the country, including battleground states such as Pennsylvania and North Carolina considered crucial to his re-election prospects, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
In 19 states, Obama collected more than his four major GOP rivals combined.
Obama’s biggest support comes from California, where he collected $13.6 million from individuals last year, as Hollywood stars and Silicon Valley’s high-tech executives helped fill his campaign coffers. That’s more than twice the amount raised from the state’s donors by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who sits atop the GOP field in fundraising.
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