Senator Shopper's Q1 fundraising total: $12.5 million. That puts him behind Rudy and Romney, and his campaign is forced to acknowledge its disappointment:
Campaign Manager Terry Nelson said, "Although we are pleased with the organization we’ve built and polls show us strongly positioned in key primary states, we had hoped to do better in first quarter fundraising. We are already in the process of taking the necessary steps to ensure fundraising success moving forward."The campaign is emphasizing that the money came from 60,000 individual donors, which is impressive in its own way, but hardly makes up for the dismal total.
The media will treat this as a grevious, potentially fatal wound. It's not, but it's not outpatient surgery either.Rival campaigns are publicly delighted, and McCain is planning a "major speech" to "re-launch" his own campaign.