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Battleground bucks favoring Barack Obama over John McCain

August 13, 2008 | 11:47 am

With Barack Obama on vacation and John McCain maintaining a schedule light on generating news, we decided to poke around at the Open Secrets site, to see where the money is going from donors in likely battleground states.

Advantage: Obama.

Now we realize where the donations come from does NOT mean that the votes will follow. But it's still interesting to take the measure of it. Below is The Times' interactive map of states, with the battleground states defined as those in which the margin of 2004 victory was less than 8 percentage points.

Now we go over to Open Secrets and look at its tables of states and political contributions. For the purposes of these tables, we're leaving out the withdrawn candidates. And the totals include primaries, which skews the results a bit for Obama since the Democratic fight was more protracted than the Republican fight. But it's still interesting to mull.

                                                                                                                                       
 

State

 
 

McCain raised

 
 

Obama raised

 
 

advantage

 
 

Colorado

 
 

$1,791,828

 
 

$3,386,366

 
 

Obama

 
 

Delaware

 
 

208,016

 
 

230,955

 
 

Obama

 
 

Florida

 
 

9,793,200

 
 

8,092,536

 
 

McCain

 
 

Iowa

 
 

254,430

 
 

644,961

 
 

Obama

 
 

Michigan

 
 

2,942,741

 
 

2,467,003

 
 

McCain

 
 

Minnesota

 
 

1,215,608

 
 

1,786,394

 
 

Obama

 
 

Missouri

 
 

1,359,332

 
 

1,988,004

 
 

Obama

 
 

Nevada

 
 

1,147,931

 
 

751,545

 
 

McCain

 
 

New Hampshire

 
 

538,505

 
 

945,474

 
 

Obama

 
 

New Jersey

 
 

2,990,941

 
 

4,727,378

 
 

Obama

 
 

New Mexico

 
 

319,863

 
 

1,192,070

 
 

Obama

 
 

Ohio

 
 

1,866,001

 
 

2,134,689

 
 

Obama

 
 

Oregon

 
 

650,964

 
 

1,813,428

 
 

Obama

 
 

Pennsylvania

 
 

2,575,068

 
 

4,942,149

 
 

Obama

 
 

Washington

 
 

1,317,906

 
 

4,995,383

 
 

Obama

 
 

Wisconsin

 
 

831,661

 
 

1,378,850

 
 

Obama

 

-- Scott Martelle

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