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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Early Voting

posted by on October 19 at 8:41 AM

Yesterday we watched people vote with their feet in St. Louis, when more than 100,000 people marched down to an Obama rally. Today we learn that people were voting with their checkbooks throughout September

Senator Barack Obama’s campaign announced on Sunday that it had raised more than $150 million in September, a record-shattering amount underscoring again the unprecedented amounts of money he has attracted.

Mr. Obama’s contributions in September more than doubled the $66 million he collected in August, which had already far exceeded what any previous presidential campaign in history had raised in a single month.

Obama has 3.1 million donors, and their average donation is $86. Says Joe at Americablog

My guess is the money started pouring in during the Republican convention and never stopped. Sarah Palin did a lot to help. Keep in mind, September was a trying month. McCain surged into the lead after his convention and kept it for much of the month. That helped to invigorate our side, too.

It would be interesting to see a breakdown of Obama donations by zip code. I’m wondering how many of Obama’s donors live in “real” Virginia, or those “pro-America” parts of the country we keep hearing about, compared to how many live in the parts of America where we pal around with terrorists, kill babies with our bare hands, and can’t be bothered to go to church unless there’s a big gay wedding going down.

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Just go to Fundrace and zoom into northern Virgina. The realer part isn't marked on the map.

Posted by elenchos | October 19, 2008 9:03 AM

Obama support exponentially increases Repub fear
For ever fucker who asks who Obama is I want to give more money

Posted by 4f...sake | October 19, 2008 9:33 AM

All of the money in the world will not change the minds of anyone at this point.

This campaign has been going on for at least 18 months.

The campaign has more money than it can spend let alone for any positive effect in the remaining two weeks.

They ought to give $1 million each to the No on 8 campaign (CA), the No on 102 campaign (AZ), and the No on 2 campaign (FL).

If Obama / Biden really mean what they talk about eliminating DOMA and creating civil unions as well as their opposition to the amendments then they can afford to put their excess money where it can do some good...and show they mean what they say.

Posted by patrick | October 19, 2008 9:51 AM

Nice to see all the 'unreal' Americans doing what they have to so that Mcain remains an 'unreal' president!


"Mcain, the unreal president" has a nice ring to it

Posted by Jonathan | October 19, 2008 10:01 AM

Ugh. And now his rhetoric is leading to physical assaults on Obama supporters. Read and weep:

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | October 19, 2008 10:01 AM

funny, I really only *do* go to church for big gay weddings.

Posted by smiller555 | October 19, 2008 10:04 AM

I live in St. Louis and it was an absolute privilege to see Obama speak at his rally with people who had gathered from all over Missouri. It was inspiring to see how many Missourians were finally smarting up and not voting for some far-right religious nutcase.

Because Missouri is one of the most influential states in the presidential election (we have a longer stretch of supporting the winning presidential candidate than any other state, having voted with the nation in every election since 1904 with the exception of 1956).

Being at this rally gave me hope that Barack Obama WILL be president.

Posted by Danielle | October 19, 2008 10:04 AM

I honestly hadn't thought about it, but not a single one of the gay weddings I've been to -- and not even a single one of friends of friends that I've heard of -- has taken place in a church of any kind. In fact, I haven't been to a straight wedding in a church in almost a decade.

So much for religion "owning" marriage.

Posted by whatevernevermind | October 19, 2008 10:32 AM

What do you mean #8?

Are you forgetting that god is in the mix???

Posted by patrick | October 19, 2008 11:39 AM

idly, i goggle'd myself yesterday and was truly surprised my name linked to the huffington post. somewhere on that website, one has the ability to zoom in on any neighborhood in the country and see the names,addresses and amounts given by those who've contributed to a political campaign.

what i saw about myself and my queen anne neighbors was current only through the 2nd quarter of the year, but none of my upper middle-class neighbors are republicans!

Posted by cineaste | October 19, 2008 2:58 PM

We won't support spine-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November !! Go Hillary 2012 !!

Posted by clintonsarmy | October 19, 2008 11:01 PM

I gave $100 to Obama directly after the Republican Convention when McCain/Palin were enjoying a brief bounce, so you can count me as a new donor in September. It's the first time I've given money to a political candidate since 1990, when I donated $25 for someone running in a local city council race (hey, I was in college, it was a lot!). BTW, I have also given (even more) to No on 8. Obama's gonna need a lot of money for an army of attorneys to fight perennial voter suppression efforts from the GOP.

Posted by RS | October 20, 2008 10:13 AM

I'd like to see a big gay church wedding. I bet they'd have a pretty kickass reception, too.

Posted by Greg | October 20, 2008 1:00 PM

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