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Team Romney Rakes in $10.25M in One Day

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.(Robert Giroux/Getty Images)

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May 17, 2011

Romney Phone Bank Raises $10.2M In One Day

Presumed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney walked away from a Las Vegas phone bank fundraiser Monday with an additional $10.25 million in campaign cash, the Associated Press reports.

The figure, more than three times his committee’s low-ball prediction, is an indicator that the second fundraising quarter could turn out better for the former Massachusetts governor than the first, when Romney—the widely presumed GOP front-runner—was outraised by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., a tea party favorite who has yet to establish even an exploratory committee.

 

“This is a big kickoff for us, for our fundraising effort,” Romney said in a Facebook town hall address Monday. “It’s kind of a celebration. It’s important to me that we get started, get the ball rolling today.”

Romney, who is still in an exploratory phase but is expected to run, seems to be taking a different approach from his last hike down the White House path.

In 2008, he ran big in early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire, pouring tens of millions of his own money into the campaigns, only to lose the nomination to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. This time around, AP suggests, Romney is keeping his head down until he has clinched a reasonable number of big-name donors.

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