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Dem Pres Candidates Fund-Raising Tops GOP --- in the South

Tom Baxter, political reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an eyebrow-lifter for those who see the south as irretrievably red. Baxter's article compares fund-raising of presidential candidates' of both parties, and reports:

Democratic presidential candidates collected about 62 percent of the $1.6 million raised from Georgians in the first three months of 2007.

Democrats also led presidential fund-raising in Georgia in the same quarter leading up to the 2000 presidential election the last race without an incumbent. But back then, their hold on the dollars wasn't nearly as tight: Democrats led Republicans by just $36,000.

Now Democrats are leading Republicans by $382,000 a gap more than 10 times greater according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of first-quarter presidential contributions.

Baxter notes that Barack Obama topped all other candidates of both parties in Georgia, with Romney second and Edwards third. Baxter adds:

One striking facet of the Democrat's first-quarter resurgence in the South: It isn't based on just one candidate.

In North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, Democrats held the overall advantage, and Edwards was the top fund-raiser. In Florida and Virginia, Democrats collected the most, with U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) as the overall leader. Democrats also took in more in Kentucky, with Obama in the lead.

Only four states in the region South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas gave more money overall to Republican presidential candidates. And in South Carolina, Edwards was the leading individual candidate.

Natch, the Republican spin doctors quoted in the article pooh-pooh the Democratic Presidential candidates lead as a temporary phenomenon. Going by the numbers, however, it appears that southern Donkeys still have some kick.