LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama isn't expected to win Kansas during the general election Tuesday, but he has won an important battle of the checkbooks.
The Lawrence Journal-World reported today that Obama has raised $1.3 million from Kansas contributors, compared with $1.2 million raised by Republican candidate John McCain.
Statewide, more than 100 towns contributed more to Obama than McCain, the paper reported after analyzing numbers released last week by the Federal Elections Commission.
It's a surprising disparity as the reliably Republican-leaning state hasn't elected a Democratic president since 1964.
Political experts chalk up the difference to a combination of Obama's sophisticated use of technology and his ability to energize
the party's base, as well as McCain's strategy to target his resources in parts of the country where he's less sure of receiving votes.
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