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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Obama Outraises Clinton

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Barack Obama has outdone fellow Democrat and chief rival Senator Hillary Clinton in quarterly campaign fundraising for the 2008 presidential election.

The first-term senator surpassed the former first lady by $10 million in second-quarter contributions that can be spent on the Democratic presidential primary contest.

Obama's campaign on Sunday reported raising at least $31 million for the primaries and an extra $1.5 million for the general election from April through June, a record for a Democrat.

Clinton's campaign said late Sunday that she had raised $21 million for the primary. With general election contributions added, aides said her total would be around $27 million. Candidates can only use general election money if they win their party's nomination.

Counting this quarter's surge, Obama has received donations from more than 258,000 people through the first half of the year, an extraordinary figure at this stage of the campaign. Although Obama's fundraising has generated more interest in his campaign, he is still lagging behind Clinton in national polls.

Meanwhile, Democrat John Edwards raised more than $9 million and relied on nearly 100,000 donors during the first half of the year.

The figures released Sunday are estimates. Details for the period will not be available until the candidates file reports with the Federal Election Commission by July 15.