U.S. President Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic Party have
raised $181 million in September for his re-election effort - their
highest monthly total yet of the 2012 presidential race.
The president's campaign said Saturday that the money represents
donations from more than 1.8 million people.
The fundraising haul surpassed the more than $114 million Obama's
campaign and Democrats raised in August and was only slightly lower than
the $193 million he brought in four Septembers ago during his 2008
The announcement follows more good news for the Obama campaign after
Friday's jobs report showed the unemployment rate falling below 8
percent for the first time since January 2009, the month the president
exactly one month left before the November 6 election, Obama and his
Republican challenger Mitt Romney are in their final push for support.
Analysts believe the former Massachusetts governor may have narrowed the
president's lead in the race after last Wednesday's debate - the first
of three between the two candidates. Overnight polling after the debate
showed a majority of respondents felt Romney had won.
On Sunday, President Obama heads to California for a fundraising trip.
Romney, meanwhile, was in Florida Saturday, practicing for his next
debate with the president on October 16. The two candidates hold their
final debate on October 22, while their running mates, Vice President
Joe Biden and Republican nominee Paul Ryan, face off this Thursday.