Yesterday, we told you about how Obama is losing independents and having trouble fundraising in Connecticut. The state is still pretty safe for him, and he’s expected to win by a pretty large margin, but it’s a big switch from 2008.
Where you can really see his problems is in fundraising.
We looked at the crucial area in Fairfield country around Bridgeport, where some of the nation’s wealthiest people live. This area has been reliably solid for fundraising in national races, and in 2008 backed the Obama campaign by a big margin.
This time, though, it’s completely different.
The top two Zip codes for political contributions are both in the wealthy city of Greenwich, Connecticut. The entire area surrounding Bridgeport contains a huge donor base that is essential for any national campaign.
All you need to do is look at the difference in presidential campaign contributions between 2008 and 2012 in the Bridgeport area to see the financial shellacking Obama is getting from Romney in one of America’s wealthiest communities:
Romney is raising four times as much from an area that, in 2008, Obama positively relied on.
That’s really the only chart you need, but could it be that Bridgeport just hasn’t showed up to the plate yet? There are still a few months to go.
Hardly. Here are the cumulative contributions from the Bridgeport area in those same three cycles. The area is on pace to outperform the money contributed in 2008. If any donors are sitting out, they’re Obama donors being replaced by Romney backers:
Why are they so important? When it comes to federal campaigns, the residents of those two areas respectively donate 138 and 134 times as much as the average Zip Code. These are where the power players really are:
What does this all mean? Obama is getting creamed on fundraising on this crucial turf. The wealthy Connecticut crowd that paid the rent in 2008 isn’t with him anymore.
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