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Obama Leads Stamford Fundraising Efforts

STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford residents have opened their wallets to provide more funding for Barack Obama’s re-election bid compared with his challenger Mitt Romney’s campaign.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics , Stamford residents gave $413,701 to the president, while the Republican challenger has received $310,114.

The donations have not affected Romney’s support among readers of The Stamford Daily Voice, with 51 percent voting for the Republican compared with 44 percent for the Democrat in our most recent poll . But Obama still holds a lead on the state, according to a recent Quinnipiac University Poll , with 54 percent to Romney's 42 percent.

"President Barack Obama's lead has jumped into double digits, where it is expected to be in blue Connecticut," Douglas Schwartz, director of the poll, said in a release.

The Daily Voice last looked in on the funding race of both candidates in April before Romney officially received the Republican Party's nomination. At that time, he held a slight lead in fundraising over Obama, $92,600 to $86,383.

Although Romney has not out fundraised the president in the city, he has raised more than John McCain did in his 2008 campaign. That year, McCain raised $183,692 from Stamford residents, the website said.

The race for the U.S. Senate is much closer with Republican Linda McMahon leading Democrat Chris Murphy by 49 percent to 46 percent in the most recent Quinnipiac Poll, despite a huge gap in fundraising between the two. McMahon has nearly $29.3 million, compared with Murphy’s $8.5 million. The Republican’s funds are 95 percent her own, while the Democrat’s funds include none of his own.

"Connecticut voters like Linda McMahon more than U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy. But the Democrat seems to be holding his own against the onslaught of negative advertising,” Schwartz said in the statement.

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