Wednesday, April 18, 2007


During a slow time at work Tuesday, I looked through the state-by-state numbers in USA Today from the top three presidential candidates from each party, and the news is rather interesting.

Looking at the Democrats, Barack Obama beat Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards in 20 states in the area of contributions reported, including the first primary state of New Hampshire. The states he did well in represent a geographic smogarsboard across the country. John Edwards outpaced his primary opponents in 16 states, mainly in the South but also including Iowa, where the first primary caucuses will be held. As for Ms. Clinton, she only beat Obama and Edwards in money raised in 14 states, but they were primarily larger, richer states such as California, New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia.

On the Republican side, it may have been a surprise that former governor Mitt Romney outcollected John McCain and Rudy Giuliani, but leading in 32 states? It definately shows that Romney and his team have been busy introducing the candidate across the country. Giuliani led the money race in 12 states, while McCain only did so in seven states. McCain's support seems to be especially strong in Southern states such as Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia, where he easily raised much more than the other two.


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