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Despite a record haul of nearly $18 million last month by the McCain campaign, the Obama campaign took in $31.3 million in April, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed this week.
By contrast, Mrs. Clinton raised $21 million but reported $19.4 million in debts.
According to the Campaign Finance Institute, Mrs. Clinton’s debts include $10 million in loans that she made to the campaign.
Mr. Obama also picked up a key local endorsement yesterday when Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced for the first time that she was backing the senator from Illinois.
“He is gifted in his ability to bring everybody together, and that’s what this country needs,” said Mrs. Iorio, who helped introduce the candidate at this campaign stop.
Reps. Kathy Castor and Robert Wexler, Florida Democrats, also preceded Mr. Obama on the Tampa stage.
Mr. Obama exited to the Stevie Wonder song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” an ongoing reference to his position on securing his party’s nomination.
But the debate over who will emerge as the final Democratic presidential candidate is still uncertain.
The national party stripped Florida and Michigan of all their delegates as punishment for violating party rules by moving their primaries to January.
Mrs. Clinton says she is willing to take her fight to seat Florida and Michigan delegates to the party’s August convention in Denver if the two states want to go that far.
She told the Associated Press yesterday that she would support the states if they continue the fight.
“Yes I will. I will, because I feel very strongly about this,” she said.
Mr. Obama was scheduled to attend a town hall meeting in Kissimmee in Central Florida yesterday afternoon. He also had planned events in South Florida today and Friday.
The senator from Illinois was just 64 delegates short of the 2,026 needed to clinch the nomination, after two superdelegate endorsements yesterday and a pair of primaries the previous night. Mrs. Clinton thrashed him in Kentucky; he answered by winning Oregon.
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