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Rick Perry Online Fundraising Reportedly Defying Expectations

First Posted: 09/27/2011 10:06 am Updated: 11/27/2011 4:12 am

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is defying expectations when it comes to online fundraising, according to Wayne Slater at the Dallas Morning News.

Slater reports:

Sometimes money talks better than the candidate, and a good bottom line would demonstrate Perry's political prowess. Word inside the Perry camp is that online fundraising is beating expectations and that he raised $20 million in only three days in his initial funders in Texas and Oklahoma.

A new CNN/ORC poll shows the Texas governor running ahead of rival contenders for the Republican presidential nomination despite recent missteps he's made during debates and on the trail. According to the survey, among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents Perry leads former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by a margin of 28 percent to 21 percent.

Politico reported earlier this week that Dave Carney, chief political strategist for Perry's campaign, said he hoped the Texas governor would surpass $10 million in fundraising for the quarter. In the second quarter, the Romney campaign took in just over $18 million.

The Washington Post reported last week that Perry is making efforts to reassure donors on the issue of electability in the wake of hitting bumps on the trail.

UPDATE: Politico's Maggie Haberman reports:

I was skeptical earlier about the $20 million figure that Rick Perry supposedly raked in over a matter of days, and multiple sources are saying it's false.

The bar remains $10 million for Perry - a goal his team set and one that, as his top adviser Dave Carney told JMart in our story this week, if they hit their targets, they'll meet.

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In the beginning of Rick Perry's political career, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1984. As a freshman, he joined other fiscal conservatives in the "pit bulls," named after where they sat in the lower pit of the House Appropriations Committee.

During the 1988 presidential primaries, he supported the candidacy of fellow Southern Democrat Al Gore and worked on his Texas campaign.

Perry ended up voting for George H.W. Bush that year and, in 1989, he switched parties to become a Republican.

Despite his party change, Perry has never lost an election, a record that goes back to elementary school.

Following his three terms in the Texas House. Perry was elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner in 1990 and was re-elected in 1994. His background as the son of a cotton farmer and an animal science major at Texas A&M University undoubtedly helped his campaign.

In 1998, Perry was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Texas. It was during this race that he had a falling out with GOP strategist Karl Rove which led to a reported rivalry with the George W. Bush camp.

When Bush won the presidency in 2000, Perry ascended to become governor in December 2000. He has been re-elected to the position three times since, making him the longest continually-serving governor in the nation.

Correction: An earlier version of this caption incorrectly stated that Perry was the chairman of Gore's Texas campaign.

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