Republican challenger Mitt Romney raised more money in May than President Obama—outpacing him by $17 million—moving Romney’s campaign to proclaim that this was an indication that voters are rejecting the president in favor of the Republican.
Romney’s fundraising total was boosted substantially by the fact that this was the first month that he and the Republican National Committee were a partnership since Romney officially clinched the nomination last month.
Romney and the RNC raised nearly $76.8 million, compared to $60 million for Obama and the DNC in May. The president’s campaign staffers said they expected Romney’s numbers to be big because now that he’s the official nominee, he’s going to get big cash infusions from the wealthy donors who were waiting on the sidelines for a nominee—but now will not be able to give again because they’ve reached their limit.
Still, along with the win of Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin, campaign observers will be quick to say that these are all signs that Obama is showing his weaknesses.
“It is clear that people aren’t willing to buy into ‘hope & change’ again,” said Spencer Zwick, Mr. Romney’s national finance chairman. “Voters are making an investment because they believe that it will benefit the country.”