Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney raised $18.25 million in the second quarter, his presidential campaign announced Wednesday morning. With $12.6 million on hand earmarked for the primaries, Romney is well funded to stave off any assault on his front-runner position in New Hampshire, while expanding his campaign beyond the early states.
“Voters are responding to Mitt Romney’s message that President Obama’s policies have failed and that we need new leadership in Washington,” National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick said in a statement. “Our fundraising for the second quarter represents the strong support Mitt Romney has across the country.”
But Romney’s total fell short of high expectations for his fundraising operation, which brought in $10 million in a single day in May, and has scared off would-be candidates like Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels. Many predicted he would report nearly $40 million raised in the quarter.
Romney’s campaign will get a boost from his “Super PAC,” which brought in $12 million in the quarter and can accept unlimited donations from individuals and corporations.
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