Posted Feb. 8, 2008 - If the Democratic battle for the nomination is as much about donations as it is about votes, Sen. Hillary Clinton could be in Super Trouble.
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Not only did Sen. Barack Obama raise an unprecedented $32 million during the month of January, but he has raked in another $7.2 million since Super Tuesday.
In contrast, Clinton, who raised $4 million since Tuesday, acknowledged that she was forced to loan her campaign $5 million to keep pace with the Obama locomotive.
Obama harvests more small donations, $100 or less, than Clinton, suggesting that he has more donors and that there is a likelihood that they might be willing to give again. More of Clinton’s donors contributed the maximum $2,300 per campaign.
In the last big election showdown, Obama won 13 states to Clinton’s eight. Obama’s campaign released projections showing that he won 845 delegates on Super Tuesday to Clinton’s 836, giving him an overall lead of 908 to 884 after voting in the first 26 states.
“Barack Obama won an important Super Tuesday victory over Sen. Clinton in the closest thing we have to a national primary,” Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said.
And, speaking of money … millionaire businessman Mitt Romney, who raised nearly twice as much money as frontrunner Sen. John McCain, announced Thursday that he has given up his presidential hopes for 2008.
"In this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," said Romney, who collected 269 delegates to McCain’s 763.