Closing Arguments: Obama’s $400-Million Edge

By David Schoetz

Dec 5, 2008 12:02am

What’s $400 million between presidential candidates?

We learned tonight the fundraising totals for president-elect Barack Obama and Republican Senator John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Obama raised roughly $745 million — a staggering total — compared to McCain’s roughly $320 million. (These figures do not include money from the DNC and RNC — which would push the Democrats closer to $1 billion and the Republicans closer to $630 million.)

McCain’s sum includes $84 million that he received from entering into the public financing system. Obama, of course, was criticized for going back on his word when he opted out of public financing.

So tonight, we ask you: Do you think Barack Obama would have won the presidential election without his $400 million advantage?

Tell us what you think.

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