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Romney raised $14.2 million in third quarter

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Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney raised $14.2 million in the third fundraising quarter, bringing his total amount raised for his 2012 presidential race to $32 million. Mark Wilson GETTY IMAGES Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets guests before a debate in Orlando, Florida.

“We are proud of the $32 million we have raised for the campaign so far. This is just the start of the effort to help fuel Mitt Romney’s message that will defeat President Obama next November,” said Spencer Zwick, Romney’s national finance director.

Romney ended September with $14.65 million in the bank. He has raised only primary money and has yet to make any personal donations to the campaign. In 2008, Romney gave more than $40 million to his presidential bid.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry raised $17 million in the third quarter, his first as a presidential candidate, and has $15 million on hand. Texas Rep. Ron Paul collected $8 million between July 1 and Sept. 30.

Full fundraising reports are due at the Federal Election Commission on Saturday.

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