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The second most important chart of the 2012 election (Hint: $$$)

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On Friday, we presented readers with what we called the “most important chart of the 2012 election” — based on newly reported unemployment stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Three days later, we’re able to update the second most important chart of the 2012 election: the race for campaign cash. And it paints another potentially grim picture for President Obama, who was outraised by $35 million in June.

Here are his fundraising numbers, compared to Mitt Romney's, for the first six months of this year.

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Equally interesting is how quickly Obama’s cash on hand advantage has declined.

Here are the cash on hand numbers reported by each camp for each month of the year (note: Obama’s campaign has not yet announced a cash on hand figure for June, but we’re expecting something close to parity):

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A key sidebar here: None of this money includes funds raised or spent by super PACs and other outside groups — an area where Republicans have a HUGE advantage these days. If Romney’s campaign and the Republican National Committee are outspending and outraising Obama by themselves, the gap will only be increased by outside groups.

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