Perhaps the only thing clear in this very unclear Democratic nomination race is that it is going to continue and in order to continue the campaigns are going to need significant cash.
The race could go all the way until April 22 in Pennsylvania and in between now and then, 14 states and the District of Columbia hold primaries and caucuses. The voting is spreadout from Maine to Hawaii so travel and advertising will not come cheap.
(Who is the first candidate to pull the Dick Cheney '04 move and travel overnight for a rally in Honolulu?)
After Barack Obama's campaign announced they hauled in a massive $32 million in January, Hillary Clinton's campaign was mum, signaling they had not come close to that figure.
Late yesterday it came out that Clinton had donated $5 million of her own money to her campaign and senior staff were going to work without paychecks for the month to conserve cash.
Things sounded grim. The same staff paycheck announcement was the start of the media death watch for the Rudy Giuliani campaign.
Well, perhaps things were not so dire after all – and maybe that was all just a clever ploy to assume the mantle of underdog and kick the donors in gear?
ABC News' Kate Snow reports that senior staff members on the campaign are not going without pay – they never stopped receiving checks. And Team Clinton announced Thursday that they have raised 7.5 million since Feb. 1, including $6.4 million in the last 24-30 hours.
The Obama campaign has the edge, reporting that they have raised $7,596,326 since polls closed on Feb 5th
On a conference call with the campaign's finance committee, national chairman Terry McAuliffe heard from two fundraisers who cited the $5 million loan as a factor in prompting others to send in the money.
"I think Hillary's contribution to the campaign has been an additional factor… It showed people she was prepared to go to the line," said one.
On the Republican side, the field shrunk once again, with the announcement from Mitt Romney that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination.
Now it really is the two-man race that Mike Huckabee spoke of on Tuesday night. John McCain has essentially wrapped up the nomination with Romney's withdrawal but Huckabee is hanging in there at least through his speech at CPAC on Saturday and the Virginia primary on Tuesday.
On the campaign trail. . .
-- 9:30 am ET: Attends National Security Roundtable, Norfolk, VA
-- 10:30 am ET: Holds media availability, Norfolk, VA
-- 2:45 pm ET: Holds media availability, Kansas City, KS
-- 9:00 pm ET: Attends event in Seattle, WA
-- Holds media availability, Seattle, WA
As for the Democrats. . .
-- 2:00 pm ET: Attends rally with voters, Seattle, WA
-- 12:30 pm ET: Attends rally with voters, Lincoln, NE
-- 6:00 pm ET: Attends rally with voters, Spokane, WA
-- Attends events in Washington State
At the White House. . .
-- 7:15 am ET: Delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, DC
-- 12:55 pm ET: Meets with the President of Mali, Washington, DC
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