Obama holds lead by raising $19 million

WASHINGTON – Democrat Barack Obama raised more than $19 million this summer for the presidential primaries, holding his lead in the race for campaign cash. Fred Thompson, the GOP newcomer, has raised more than $11.5 million so far, Republicans familiar with his fundraising said Monday.

Obama’s Democratic rival John Edwards reported raising $7 million during the July-September quarter for a total of $30 million for the year. Aides said he would show $12 million cash on hand and was on track to meet his goal of raising $40 million by the time the first presidential contests begin in January.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose fundraising has nearly kept pace with Obama’s, had not released her third-quarter figures Monday. The quarter ended Sunday night.

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