Obama Raises $32 Million in January
Senator Barack Obama’s campaign is reporting that it has raised $32 million in the month of January alone.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised $32 million in the single month of January, matching his best three-month period last year, aides said Thursday.
The money positions Obama for the sweeping Feb. 5 primary contests, when 22 states will be in play for the Democratic nomination. Aides also announced that with their money they can now advertise in states beyond the Super Tuesday contest next week.
This is money that Obama sorely needs if he wants to be competitive on February 5. As I mentioned on OTB Radio yesterday, the best hope that Obama has is to be competitive on Super Tuesday–that is, he needs to win some states outright and keep it close in the big states like New York and California. It’s doubtful that he will be declared “the winner” on Super Tuesday, because he simply doesn’t have enough time to campaign and close the (ever narrowing) polling gap between him and Clinton. However, if the race remains close enough after Tuesday, then he might have the breathing room he needs to take the nomination in later contests. Maybe.
That said, I can vouch that Obama is definitely using his money. So far I’ve seen several ads on TV for Obama here in Kansas, which is the first time in living memory I have actually seen a TV commerical for a presidential primary candidate in this state. Benefits of being a Super Tuesday state instead of a June primary state, I suppose. So far, thank God, I haven’t gotten any robo-calls.