Romney, Obama Both Tapping Mass. For Campaign Cash

June 24, 2012 12:00 AM
Romney, Obama Both Tapping Mass. For Campaign Cash
" BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney and Barack Obama aren’t spending much time stumping for votes in Massachusetts, but that hasn’t stopped them from using the Bay State as a campaign ATM.

The two have so far raised more than $12.6 million in direct contributions from residents of Massachusetts — a Democratic-leaning state that both parties have all but conceded will likely back Obama in the fall.

While Romney’s most recent campaign bus trip skipped over the state he governed for four years, he still has plenty of Massachusetts supporters.

He’s already collected nearly $4.9 million in direct contributions from Massachusetts residents as of the end of May. That’s from a state where Republicans make up just over 11 percent of the electorate.

Obama, who easily won the state in 2008 and is leading here by double digits in one recent poll, has pulled in more than $7.7 million in contributions as of the end of the month.

Each candidate has different pockets of support in the state, according to an Associated Press review of Federal Election Commission records "

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