Rep. Ron Paul’s Republican presidential campaign brought in over $5 million the past three months.

The third quarter number is up from the $4.5 million the congressman from Texas raised in the quarter lasting from April through June. Paul presidential campaign chairman Jesse Benton confirmed to CNN the new fundraising figure, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Friday is the final day for candidates to fundraise in the third quarter. Final figures must be reported to the Federal Election Commission by October 15.

The fundraising tallies that the campaigns report are important, because in this period, before voters actually start voting in primaries and caucuses, campaign cash figures–along with public opinion polls–are seen as a gauge or barometer of each candidate’s popularity and his or her campaign’s strength and outreach.

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