With $11M, Rudy is GOP Top Dog

Giuliani edges Romney in third quarter; Thompson not far behind
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2007 4:35 PM CDT
Republican presidential hopeful, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, left, answers a question as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, listen during...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Rudy Giuliani raised $11 million for his presidential campaign in the just-ended third quarter, the AP reports, giving him $16 million total for use in primary contests and general election. Giuliani has used the past three months well, edging Mitt Romney's $10 million to hold his standing as the most effective Republican fund-raiser into a second consecutive quarter.

Romney still beats Giuliani for total funds because of an $8.5 million personal loan to his campaign, giving him a war chest of $18.5 million. Both candidates are financially head and shoulders above their two main competitors for the GOP nomination, with Fred Thompson reporting $9.3 million in contributions for the third quarter and John McCain raising $6 million.