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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The Hill: Obama campaign downplays fundraising gap, but some donors are nervous

Found this on Instapundit this morning and will sharing one more article from there as well, but only after you read a bit of this excerpt from The Hill:
“We know we will be outspent — that’s just the reality, ” Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, told reporters as the president traveled to Connecticut for two high-dollar fundraisers — including one by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein — estimated to bring in $2 million.

Psaki said the campaign’s focus is on having the resources and tools needed to “build the biggest grassroots campaign in history,” and downplayed any disadvantages Obama’s campaign might suffer from weaker fundraising.

But some donors for President Obama’s reelection bid expressed frustration on Monday, saying that the campaign needed to be more competitive.

“I keep telling people we need to step it up a bit,” said one longtime Obama donor. “Now’s the time. Not two months from now.

“We’re still winning in the overall game, but we can’t be complacent,” the donor added. “We need to keep throwing in more money.”

The Romney campaign raised $101.3 million in July, topping the Obama campaign’s $75 million haul. It marked the second straight month that the GOP standard-bearer had passed the $100 million mark.
I don't pay attention to polls in general but I though this Gallup report was interesting:
Eighty-six percent of voters who say they voted for Barack Obama in 2008 are backing Obama again this year, a smaller proportion than the 92% of 2008 John McCain voters who are supporting 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Nine percent of 2008 Obama voters have switched to supporting Romney this year, while 5% of McCain voters have switched to Obama.

The results are based on July 23-29 Gallup Daily tracking with more than 2,000 registered voters who reported voting in the 2008 election. Of these, 48% said they voted for Obama and 42% McCain, with the remaining 10% saying they voted for another candidate or not disclosing their vote choice. However, the six-percentage-point advantage in reported voting for Obama is similar to the actual seven-point edge he had over McCain in the final 2008 returns, 53% to 46%.

Obama and Romney have been tightly matched so far this year, with the two generally tied or one having a slim one- or two-point advantage among registered voters in Gallup Daily tracking.The results are based on July 23-29 Gallup Daily tracking with more than 2,000 registered voters who reported voting in the 2008 election. Of these, 48% said they voted for Obama and 42% McCain, with the remaining 10% saying they voted for another candidate or not disclosing their vote choice. However, the six-percentage-point advantage in reported voting for Obama is similar to the actual seven-point edge he had over McCain in the final 2008 returns, 53% to 46%.

Obama and Romney have been tightly matched so far this year, with the two generally tied or one having a slim one- or two-point advantage among registered voters in Gallup Daily tracking.
Now I can only wonder how many of those 2008 Obama voters will switch to Romney this year. If they did a poll in September or October, where would those numbers be then?

Also it's interesting to see how much of a factor money is but to be sure even if Obama is losing in that department he surely isn't hurting for cash. Besides he probably still have just enough money to get his message out and also he has the power of the incumbency.

1 comment:

troutbirder said...

Interesting. Too much money . I'm worried...

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