Quarterly campaign filings may show which candidates are serious 2012 contenders—and which ones are not.
Candidates closed their second-quarter campaign finance reports for the Federal Election Commission last month and have until Friday to file. These results offer an initial glimpse into which candidates have the ability to compete, given that President Obama is likely to have a lot of money to spend next year. Electability is on Republican voters' minds already; now we get a hint at just who can make a credible argument that they can go toe-to-toe with perhaps the best finance operation in American political history.
We'll track the candidates' cash here as the campaign goes on. Click through to see the figures and the grand total for second-quarter funds so far.