06 Mar

Record donations and turnout

In February, both campaigns announced record donations: $35 million for Hillary and $55 million for Obama. After her wins in Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island, Hillary saw another bump of over $6 million in just 2 days.

While an argument could be made that this money would be better spent fighting against Republicans, the fact is that most of these donations are small, from voters who have never given money to a campaign before. At $25, $50, or even $100, these voters will not max out the contribution limits; they can and will contribute again for the general election.

But more than that, it speaks to how fired up this party is. Four years ago, Howard Dean pioneered the use of the internet to raise money and mobilize voters. Today our campaigns have perfected it. The challenge now is to keep that excitement going past the convention.

Turnout is also high across the country. In Texas, which has voted Republican for three decades, more people voted for Hillary than for every single Republican running combined. Polls in Texas show a matchup between Hillary and McCain or Obama and McCain closing in on the margin of error. “Daily Kos suggested last week”:http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/3/3/15612/38614/825/468022 that even Texas is in play, regardless of nominee. Now imagine it in play if we have both.