Democrat Barack Obama outraised Republican John McCain by nearly $500,000 in Florida in June, validating his decision to rebuff limited public campaign financing for the general election.
Obama raised about $1.4 million in the state, while McCain collected about $900,000, according to monthly fundraising reports due Sunday.
''Fundraising is a continuing challenge for anyone in these economic times,'' said Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein, one of McCain's top donors. ``Obama is rallying people with a message that is causing a lot of people who have never given before to raise money. It's an anomaly in politics, but I don't think it's going to have any effect on McCain's ultimate victory.''