In September, the most they've had all year. $181 million, $10 million short of what they raised at the same time in 2008.
The amount — a mix of funds raised directly by the campaign and large checks taken in by the Democratic National Committee — was even more than some earlier reports had suggested. And while it did not quite match the roughly $191 million Mr. Obama and the Democrats raised during the same month four years ago, the announcement offered a jolt of good news for Mr. Obama’s supporters in the wake of a lackluster debate performance on Wednesday that left many of them worried. ...NYT
This bears out the impression many of us have had of a shift, some time maybe at the beginning of the summer, towards an increasingly revved up support system out there. This lefty's impression has been that the debate, in the end, has had little effect on Obama supporters. In fact, the Romney performance -- slick and practiced -- is way way too reminiscent of Republican steamroll tactics. Yeah, yeah, Mitt, I kept thinking, the damn tuba works when you blow in it but wouldja give it a rest, please?
(InTrade bettors have the probability of "Democratic nominee to win 290 or more Electoral College votes in 2012 presidential election" at -- ta-da -- 59.2%. Go out in the garden and eat worms, Republicans!)