The $25 million in campaign contributions the Illinois Democrat reportedcollecting in the first three months of this year was just $1 million less thanrival Hillary Rodham Clinton'srecord haul and was a remarkable feat for a novice in national politics.
"He was the newcomer, he was the outsider, and this shows he's aserious candidate," said Ron Parker, a Democratic strategist in
Fundraising by Clinton and Obama, combined with healthy donations to theirparty rivals, helped Democratic presidential candidates out-raise Republicans$80 million to $40 million, a surprising role reversal for the usuallywell-funded GOP.
"That should send a pretty clear signal that people are looking for achange," said another
Obama backers also were cheering the fact that $23.5 million of the $25million they raised is targeted at what's shaping up to be a competitive primaryfight.
Obama told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his fundraising reflectsthe growing enthusiasm for his bid.
"It indicates that people are really engaged and enthusiastic, and thecrowds we've been attracting, I think, are indicative of a broad base ofsupport across the country," Obama said just before speaking to a raucouscrowd of more than 2,500 at a community college.
Asked if the financial disclosures left the fight for the Democraticnomination between Clinton and himself, Obama demurred.
"It's way too early," he said, but added: "We're proud of thefact that we were able to do this without any money from federal lobbyists orPACs."
Obama wrote in an e-mail to supporters that Wednesday's fundraising reportwas "an unmistakable message to the political establishment in
Most polls have shown Obama running second behind
"The fact that he had twice as many contributors as
Democratic strategist Joe Shanahan was impressed too, but only up to apoint. "It's a big number," he said, "but it's April and there'splenty of time for people to stumble and things could change."
While Obama was winning some converts, others wanted to hear much morebefore making a decision. Iowa Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstalcounseled patience, noting that former Vermont Gov. Howard Deanwas the hot candidate early in the 2004 campaign but eventually collapsed.
"We have to see how long the bloom will last on the rose of the toptier," Gronstal said.
"The reality is that all three of them are going to be competitive inthe first four contests," Tully said.
Despite their fundraising prowess, Parker wasn't quite ready to narrow theDemocratic field to Clinton and Obama.
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