Continued from page 1

Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist, said that the strong fundraising numbers show that Republicans are uniting behind Mr. Romney. “Republicans are finally coming together after such a long primary process and showing a united front against the president’s campaign,” Mr. Bonjean said.

The Romney camp emphasized that 95 percent of the donations were $250 or less, and amounted to $10.1 million. Mr. Romney struggled to woo small donors in the primaries. Of the $86.8 million in campaign contributions Mr. Romney had raised through March, nearly 90 percent came from itemized contributions, which are those that exceed $200.

“Voters are tired of President Obama’s broken promises,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said. “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.”

Mr. Romney rode the good fundraising news into the event in Jacksonville, where he once again said that Mr. Obama has embraced policies that have hurt employment and slowed economic growth, while pushing the national debt past $15.6 trillion.

“I’ve been disappointed in the president, based upon his policies that haven’t worked. I’m disappointed that so many people are out of work,” he said. “I’m disappointed that the debt keeps getting larger and larger and larger, and our kids and grandkids are going to get stuck with it.”

Despite heavy rains, Mr. Romney appeared to have a little extra pep in his step, and at one point, he went into the crowd looking for an answer to a question about oil drilling. Instead of an answer, a woman tried to hand him a check.

“Ow! That’s a check … I can’t … ah, we’ll get that in a second,” Mr. Romney said, obviously caught off-guard, sparking laughter from the crowd. That’s when he assured the crowd that it’s a common occurrence on the campaign trail and called on his personal aide to “get her check.”

“Anybody else? Anybody else?” he said, playfully inviting the rest of the audience to pony up.