Mitt Romney campaigns in Virginia in September. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)
Mitt Romney and the Republican Party raised nearly $112 million in
the first half of October as the presidential candidates sprint to
Andrea Saul, Romney's spokeswoman, announced the fundraising haul Thursday via Twitter.
"BOOM: In first half of October alone, @Mitt Romney effort raised $111.8 million. #RomneyRyan2012," she posted.
is crucial to pay for advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts,
especially in swing states such as Ohio where public opinion polls are
Romney, the national Republican Party and outside groups
aligned with the GOP entered October with a cash advantage, according to
a USA TODAY analysis. While Romney's principal campaign account had a
smaller balance than Obama's, the GOP combined had a $34 million cash
advantage over the Democratic team.
In recent days, the Obama and
Romney camps have claimed momentum as the race enters its final two
weeks. Romney said in a fundraising e-mail sent Thursday that his
debates with Obama have "supercharged" his campaign.
"We're seeing more and more enthusiasm -- and more and more support," Romney said in the money pitch.
adviser David Plouffe knocked down Romney's momentum claim this week as
"more bluff than reality" and argued the president has "more plausible
pathways" to 270 electoral votes.
Reports are due at midnight to
the Federal Election Commission for money raised through Oct. 17. Obama
has not disclosed his fundraising for the first half of the month.