<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By Kirsten Salyer</p> <p>The last contender to enter the Republican presidential race is on track to be the first in fundraising.</p> <p>Texas Governor Rick Perry has raised more than $17 million for his presidential bid, <a href="http://www.rickperry.org/news/rick-perry-campaign-raises-more-than-17-million-in-49-days/">his campaign announced today</a>. The donations represent just 49 days of fundraising, from his entry into the race on Aug. 13 to Sept. 30.</p> <p>Perry's fundraising total will likely exceed anything raised by his Republican presidential rivals for the third quarter. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-05/perry-raises-more-than-17m-for-2012-bid.html">Bloomberg News reported today</a> that, in the same period, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney could report up to $14 million and U.S. Representative Ron Paul has raised more than $8 million.</p> <p>The fundraising figures may provide a needed boost to Perry's campaign after his <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-26/rick-perry-s-hidden-strength-the-ticker.html">recent drops in opinion polls</a>. The <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20115655-503544.html">latest CBS News poll</a> of Republican primary voters shows Perry at 12 percent support, an 11 percent drop in two weeks. The poll, conducted Sept. 28-Oct. 2, shows Romney and Herman Cain tied in first place, at 17 percent.</p> <p>With Perry on the defensive lately for his <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-03/social-security-is-no-ponzi-scheme-note-to-rick-perry-view.html">views on Social Security</a>, his <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-05/perry-s-ease-with-executions-defies-sense-and-conscience-margaret-carlson.html">stance on the death penalty</a> and his <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-13/rick-perry-and-the-limits-of-ideology-the-ticker.html">support of legislation</a> providing in-state tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants, will this fundraising boost be enough to turn his campaign around?</p> <p>(Kirsten Salyer is the social media editor for Bloomberg View.)</p> </body> </html>