For the third month in a row, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney’s campaign outraised the re-election effort of President Barack Obama, scooping up $101.3 million, while the president pulled in more than $75 million.

The fund-raising totals, announced by the campaigns Monday morning, underscore an ominous trend for Obama, who has been burning through cash in his effort to hold on to the White House.

At the end of last month, Obama’s campaign sent out increasingly urgent e-mail missives asking supporters to contribute.

One signed by the president noted that his upcoming birthday “could be the last one I celebrate as President of the United States, but that’s not up to me — it’s up to you.”

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