Obama’s September fundraising has broken all records by either of the candidates since the campaign season started. The Democratic fundraising that reached $181 million dollars by the end of last month, will hopefully shift some attention from the President’s debate debacle on Wednesday.
Obama’s fund raising haul is reflective of the modest lead the president holds over his Republican challengerdue to the Democratic National Convention in the beginning of September combined with the dipping unemployment rates shown by several surveys and Romney’s political gaffe of the ’47 percent’.
On Sunday, the president’s campaign announced that the funds has been contributed by more than 1.8 million people of whom 567,000 were new donors, while most of the individual donations amounted to $250 or less. On average each contribution was of $53.
"That's by far our biggest month yet," campaign manager Jim Messina said in an email to supporters, as he encouraged them to donate even more in the last month before November elections. Following a relatively mild performance during the first face-to-face debate with GOP nominee and the claims by several Republicans that the latest job numbers look suspicious, Obama’s campaign is in need of a bigger boost this time.
However, the gap in the polls remained unchanged even after the debate. "We haven't seen additional gains from Romney. This suggests to me that this is more of a bounce than a permanent shift," Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said.
Obama still has a two point lead over Romney over Americans who are likely to vote on November 6. While there is still a small percentage of undecided voters left, according to one poll, Obama’s character attributes and general likeability can allow him to win over some of those as well.
Obama’s campaign has always focused on several low-dollar donors as opposed to Romney select rich donors, allowing the president to receive contributions in the last month even by those who have donated before. Since the official beginning of the campaign in April last year, the campaign manager noted that more than 3.9 million people have donated so far.
Obama’s next target state to hold a fund raising event is California, but he is likely to make more visits to Ohio, Florida and Iowa in order to overcome the bad effect his debate defeat left in states he was ahead of Romney.