With less than 30 hours before the third quarter deadline, the top Democratic presidential candidates appear to be running neck-and-neck in the money race. An aide for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama estimates that his campaign will have received between $18 million and $19 million in contributions in the third fiscal quarter of the year, which ends Sunday at midnight.
That is well below the $32.9 million the campaign raised in the second quarter, which ended June 30. But it appears to match the projection of his main Democratic rival, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose campaign estimated earlier in the week that it would raise between $17 million and $20 million for the quarter. Clinton raised $27 million in the previous quarter.