Hillary Clinton supporters are becoming increasingly concerned about a widening fundraising gap between the Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns as they prepare for the crucial March 4 primaries in Texas and Ohio.
Obama fundraisers say he is bringing in about $1 million a day, while Clinton fundraisers disclose that she is taking in about half that.
Obama raised $32 million in January, more than twice the $13.5 million Hillary raised, and the Clinton campaign was virtually broke by Super Tuesday, Feb. 5. Clinton aides say that finances have now stabilized, the New York Times reports.
Thanks to his edge in fundraising, Obama was able to begin running TV ads in Texas and Ohio on Monday, a day before Clinton planned to start airing spots. Hilary will have ads running in Ohio and Texas, with some Spanish ads in Texas.
Those two states are seen as make or break for the Clinton campaign.
“She has to win both Ohio and Texas comfortably, or she’s out,” one superdelegate who backs Clinton told the Times.
“The campaign is starting to come to terms with that.”
Several Clinton superdelegates — Democratic party leaders and elected officials who are not bound by their state’s primaries or caucuses — are said to be losing confidence after Obama’s victories last weekend, and could join uncommitted superdelegates and “go with the flow” by backing Obama.
But Clinton advisers dispute the notion that Obama’s momentum is significant, pointing out that his victory in South Carolina did not stop Clinton from winning the biggest states on Super Tuesday.
To bolster her campaign in Texas and Ohio, Hillary will deploy her husband Bill “to campaign in both states,” according to the Times, “particularly in Ohio, where her advisers believe his popularity will help her with working-class voters, labor unions and black voters.”
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