Newt Gingrich thanked contributors this morning on Twitter for helping him raise $2 million during the past 48 hours through a “money bomb” fundraising campaign.
The infusion of cash is expected to help the former House speaker, who is in a dead heat for the Republican nomination with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the run-up to the Jan. 31 primary in Florida. He will need the money in the Sunshine State to reach 4 million Republicans spread out over 10 media markets.
Gingrich had lagged behind Romney in fundraising, with his campaign reporting a total of just under $3 million raised from the start of the campaign until Sept. 20, compared with more than $32 million Romney had raised by that date.
But things have taken a dramatic turn, with Gingrich’s strong debate performances attracting a rush of support, and contributions.
R.C. Hammond, Gingrich’s campaign manager, told reporters that the campaign raised $9 million during the last three months of 2011, about the same amount that Sen. John McCain raised during a similar period in the previous presidential campaign. McCain went on to win the GOP nomination in 2008.
Gingrich now is statistically tied with Romney in national polls and riding high on his victory in South Carolina, a state that consistently has picked the eventual GOP nominee.
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