With the third-quarter fundraising deadline looming Friday, all eyes will be on what the two top GOP presidential contenders have raised. The big question: Can Rick Perry, after entering the race in mid-August, haul in more than Mitt Romney, who already tapped many of his top supporters in the previous quarter?
Among Republican insiders, the assumption is that both will clear $10 million – but few have a feel for by just how much.
The frontrunners aren’t the only ones whose Federal Election Commission reports will be closely scrutinized for signs of campaign health and vigor. The other Republican hopefuls will also release numbers that could either confirm or dispel assumptions about the race – and offer an idea of who is and isn’t likely to be around when the first votes are cast next year.
Here’s a preliminary look at what’s likely to be in the reports: