Clinton Leads in Primary Cash

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2007 10:25 AM CDT
Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., second from right, shakes hand with Sen. Sam Brownback R-Kan., after the GOP Presidential candidates debate at Ford Community and Performing...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The $35 million Hillary Clinton has on hand for her primary campaign edges out the $32 million in Barack Obama’s coffers, according to financial reports acquired by the AP. But both have almost three times the money of any other campaign—Rudy Giuliani leads Republicans with just $11.6 million, less than third-place Democrat John Edwards.

The race's financial wild card is Mitt Romney, who spent $21 million this quarter—more than Clinton and Obama—by dipping into his personal fortune. Ex-frontrunner John McCain, meanwhile, is in the red, with just $1.6 million on hand, and $1.7 million in debt. And long-shot candidate Ron Paul netted a surprising $5.4 million.