The Washington Times - May 17, 2012, 08:50AM

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee announced Thursday that they’ve raised $40.1 million in April — nearly matching the $43 million that President Obama pulled in last month.

The total shows that Mr. Romney, who raised $12.6 million in March, is benefiting from the end of the bloody primary battle and the joint fundraising efforts with the RNC. The former Massachusetts governor merged fundraising operations with the RNC — dubbed  “Romney Victory” — last month, and together they now have $61.4 million in cash on hand.

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“Voters are tired of President Obama’s broken promises,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “Mitt Romney has the record and plan to turn our country around — that is why he is receiving such enthusiastic support from voters across the country. Along with the campaign, we will work to provide the resources so that we can defeat President Obama and change the direction of the country.”

In the email announcing the news, the Romney camp emphasized that 95 percent of the donations were $250 or less, which amounted to $10.1 million.

Mr. Romney struggled to woo small donors in the primaries.