07/30/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Winning Florida Money Race

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.''

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