Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty raised about $4.2 million during the second quarter in his bid for the White House, his campaign announced Friday afternoon. That number is respectable, but millions short of the $15 million to $20 million that Mitt Romneyâ€™s campaign is expected to report.
Alex Conant, Mr. Pawlentyâ€™s spokesman, would not say how much money the campaign has in the bank but did say that Mr. Pawlenty has more â€œavailable cash-on-hand than the Republicans who won the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary had in July 2007.â€
At this point during the last Republican presidential primary, Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) had about $3.2 million on hand with debt of $1.8 million. Mr. McCain went on to win the New Hampshire primary and eventually the nomination.
Still, Mr. Pawlenty was outraised by Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas), who collected at least $4.5 million during the second quarter, a Paul campaign spokesman said. A spokesman for Mr. Romney said he would not be announcing fund-raising totals until after the Fourth of July weekendâ€¦
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