We may still be one year away from Election Day, but the 2012 campaign season is in full swing. In conjunction with our ABC News/Yahoo! Newsmakers interviews with the leading eight candidates in the GOP field, ABC News takes a closer look at where the campaign season stands 12 months out.
First things first: fundraising. So far $167.1 million has been raised on behalf of all of the candidates running for president in 2012. President Obama’s fundraising accounts for more than half of that total. As of September 30, 2011 his re-election campaign had taken in $86.2 million. The combined amount accrued by leading eight GOP candidates is $80.9 million.
Where has that money gone? In this cycle the candidates have spent $74.00 million overall.
And what about time spent on the ground? We’re still two months out from the first voting contest of the primary season and already the GOP candidates have amassed over 771,000 miles on the road and taken 465 trips to the first three states — Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Some 222 trips have been made to Iowa, 172 to New Hampshire and 71 to South Carolina.
This season we’ve also seen a slew of musical performances from the GOP field. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has danced on stage with her husband Marcus at two separate events in Iowa. Former Godfather Pizza CEO Herman Cain has sung for his audiences on three occasions; once at the Iowa State Fair this summer, another time at a meeting in Waverly, Tenn., and most recently at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Former ambassador Jon Huntsman has also displayed his musical talent; at a town hall meeting in Charleston, S.C. he did an impromptu performance of Percy Mayfield’s “Hit the Road Jack,” which he dedicated to President Obama.
For more on the 2012 GOP candidates tune in this evening to World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.