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Buoyed by the high-profile recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the Republican Governors Association hauled in $16.7 million during the second quarter of 2012 and has raised $29 million total in 2012.

“Thanks to Scott Walker’s historic victory last month and the RGA’s strong fundraising, there is no doubt that the political momentum is on Republicans’ side ahead of key governors’ races this November,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is chairman of the RGA.

The Democratic Governors Association announced its own record-setting numbers, though they still trailed the RGA’s. The group brought in $13 million in the second quarter and $21 million in the first half of the year — more than the $20 million it raised in all of 2011.

“While the electoral map remains challenging in 2012, our tremendous fundraising efforts will ensure the DGA has the resources we need to support Democratic incumbents and candidates to fight for our core priorities, jobs and opportunity, in competitive races,” said Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is chairman of the DGA.

For the election cycle starting January 2011, the RGA has raised more than $73 million, compared with $37.1 million four years ago, during the last presidential election.

In 2008, the RGA raised $8 million in the second quarter and $15.1 million in the first half of the year. Fundraising at the halfway point of 2010 totaled $28.2 million.

The second quarter ended Friday.

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