04/25/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Republican Recruits Show Mediocre Fundraising

Several of the GOP's most highly touted candidates posted mediocre fundraising numbers in this year's first quarter, raising questions about their ability to seriously compete in races that were once at the top of the Republican radar screen.

The first-quarter fundraising period is often a make-or-break test for challengers. By April, candidates usually need to demonstrate they can consistently raise money to mount a credible race, or risk irrelevance in the months to come.

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