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October 18, 2011

A deeper look at presidential fundraising in S.C.

Today's story, "Perry leads GOP in S.C.," shows that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has raised more money than any other Republican presidential candidate in South Carolina. (President Barack Obama has raised twice as much as any Republican candidate in South Carolina, but he has the stage all to himself at the moment.)

In reporting that story, I downloaded a lot of spreadsheets to make sense of the numbers. Here are some interesting stats, in no particular order:

Top 10 cities that donated to Republicans:

 

  1. Greenville: $46,846
  2. Columbia: 30,051
  3. Spartanburg: $25,665
  4. Greer: $25,261
  5. Charleston: $23457
  6. Hilton Head Island: $19439
  7. Mount Pleasant: $14,763
  8. Simpsonville: $12,700
  9. Bluffton: $12,300
  10. Aiken: 8,985
Top 10 cities that donated to Obama:

 

  1. Columbia: $90,765.97
  2. Charleston: $30,984
  3. Greenville: $17,756
  4. Barnwell: $10,000
  5. Hilton Head Island: $9,330
  6. Spartanburg: $5,790
  7. Mount Pleasant: $4,420
  8. Aiken: $3,920
  9. Florence: $3,679
  10. Effingham: $2,500
Top 10 presidential candidates by spending in S.C.

 

  1. Jon Huntsman: $277,744
  2. Michele Bachmann: $83,156
  3. Mitt Romney: $73,119
  4. Rick Perry: $72,431`
  5. Rick Santorum: $56,551
  6. Herman Cain: $54,119
  7. Newt Gingrich: $51,313
  8. Tim Pawlenty: $26,203
  9. Ron Paul: $24,639
  10. Barack Obama: $2,385
Republican standings in S.C. as of the most recent poll

 

  1. Herman Cain: 26%
  2. Mitt Romney: 25%
  3. Rick Perry: 15%
  4. Undecided: 12%
  5. Newt Gingrich 8%
  6. Ron Paul: 7%
  7. Michele Bachmann: 5%
  8. Rick Santorum: 1%
  9. Other: 1%
  10. Jon Huntsman: 0%
  11. Gary Johnson: 0%
  12. Buddy Roemer: 0%
Top 10 states by Republican candidate spending

 

  1. Virginia: $8.6 million
  2. Massachusetts: $7.5 million
  3. New Hampshire: $4.6 million
  4. Texas: $4.4 million
  5. D.C.: $3.4 million
  6. Minnesota: $3 million
  7. Georgia: $2.9 million
  8. Iowa: $2.4 million
  9. California: $2.3 million
  10. Florida: $1.9 million
(South Carolina is No. 17 at $719,275.63)

For more, visit the Federal Election Commission's website.

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