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As recently as January, when Mr. Romney reported raising only $6.4 million, fellow Republicans were worried whether he would have the resources to go toe-to-toe with the president. Last year, during the third fundraising quarter, he was bested by an erstwhile rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

GOP strategist Noelle Nikpour chalked up those early fundraising totals to an “anybody but Romney” phenomenon in which Republican donors funneling money to outside super PACs and conservative-leaning causes as they waited on the sidelines for a clear front-runner to emerge.

“Everybody had a surge,” she said. “Remember when they were begging [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie to run? But we settled it. It’s going to be Romney, and we’re going to put money in it.”

Ray Allen, a longtime GOP consultant who counts House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, among his clients, said it’s difficult to compare the figures from the two seasons.

“It’s a total apples-to-oranges comparison when you’re in a primary and when you’re against the president who doesn’t have a primary,” he said. “It’ll be interesting to see how the Obama people react to not having the extra margin of error. They’ve thrown their best punches; Romney’s still alive and kicking.”

A new Republican Party?

Mr. Romney is scheduled to officially become his party’s nominee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this month. On Monday, Republicans unveiled a list of seven speakers that notably included three minority women: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley, who is of Indian descent.

Other speakers announced were Mr. McCain, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said the selection of the three women in particular represents a renewed focus on the future and a departure from the blaming and second-guessing that has defined the presidential campaign.

“The future is now,” he said. “We cannot continue to be the party of old white men and continue to succeed. I expect to see more speakers that are geared toward the future.”

The combined Republican fundraising efforts left the Romney campaign with $186 million on hand.

Obama’s counterpunch

Ms. Psaki declined to release Mr. Obama’s cash-on-hand total for the end of July, but the president had $147 million at the end of June compared with $170 million for Mr. Romney.

The Republican haul notwithstanding, much has been made of the amount of time Mr. Obama has devoted to raising money for his re-election campaign.

Through Sunday, Mr. Obama had held 198 total fundraisers for his own re-election committee and the Democratic National Committee in the past two years — more than his four predecessors combined, according to data compiled by Brendan J. Doherty, author of “The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign.”

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