ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Barack Obama’s presidential campaign raised a whopping $32 million in January alone. The number is the highest any candidate has raised in a single month and matches Obama’s best three-month period from last year.
In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe announced the campaign will report 170,000 new donors and $32 million for the primary.
Plouffe said that the surge followed Obama’s New Hampshire loss to Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, "We took a lot of encouragement from that because it showed the resolve of our existing donor base but we also added a lot of additional donors that day."
Leading into a competitive Super Tuesday contest that leaves the races after it very much in play, the financial standing of the candidates is increasingly important.
"This contest could go on for some time in the primary and we think the strength of our financial positioning and the number of donors does speak to the financial sustainability and if it ends up going though March and April we will have the resources necessary to conduct rigorous campaigns in the states to come."
The Obama campaign will go on air in all of the February 9, 10, and 12 primary states in the coming days, and they already have significant money devoted to advertising in nearly every February 5 state.