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March 26, 2008 7:23 AM

Obama gets big bucks from state donors

Posted by David Postman

Barack Obama continues to dominate in the contest to raise money from Washington residents. As of the end of February, according to records compiled and posted by, Obama had raised $3.2 million from Washington donors.

Hillary Clinton is a distant second, reporting state donations of $1.4 million. One change in the latest numbers is that Obama now leads Clinton in every metro area tracked by opensecrets. Clinton had been doing better than Obama in Tacoma, but now she has fallen a few thousand dollars behind.

Republican John McCain continues to lag in the money race. The latest numbers show him with $553,158 in contributions from Washingtonians. That covers nearly a month of fundraising after Mitt Romney dropped out of the race. But McCain has yet to be able to catch up to the $825,580 raised here by the former Massachusetts governor.

Washington residents have donated a total of $8.2 million to presidential candidates, from
Obama’s big money to $200 donated to Everett Republican Keith Robert Sprankle. (He dropped out of the race in January.)

Washington ranks 15th among all states for total dollars donated to presidential campaigns.

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