Obama, Clinton Collect Biggest War Chests

With the two heavy-weights tied, Edwards a distant third
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2007 5:38 AM CDT
Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks during a presidential forum at the National Right to Life Convention in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, June 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are neck-and-neck —and both way ahead of the pack— in campaign fundraising, according to their latest filings with the Federal Election Commission. Obama has about $34 million in primary cash on hand, Clinton has $33 million and John Edwards is a distant third with $12 million.

Overall, Obama has pulled in about $57 million for the primaries and an additional $2 million or the general election. Clinton has amassed over $40 million for the primaries and $12.6 million for the main event. On the GOP side of the ledger, Republican long-shot Ron Paul now has more cash on hand ($2.4 million) than John McCain ($2 million).