Republican Hopefuls Post Fundraising Totals

The money race among Republican presidential prospects is beginning to take shape. Several GOP candidates have now disclosed their first-quarter fundraising totals.

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Here's another audio chart to show presidential campaign fundraising.

(Soundbite of song, "I will survive")

Ms. GLORIA GAYNOR (Singer): (Singing) First I was afraid, I was petrified. Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side...

INSKEEP: Yesterday, we looked at Democrats. And today, it's Republicans. We'll play a beat of this song for each million dollars raised. For example...

(Soundbite of song, "I will survive")

Ms. GAYNOR: (Singing) I will survive...

INSKEEP: That's Senator Sam Brownback, who raised just under $2 million. Senator John McCain raised $12.5 million.

(Soundbite of song, "I will survive")

Ms. GAYNOR: (Singing) I will survive. Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive...

INSKEEP: Which put McCain behind Rudy Giuliani with $15 million.

(Soundbite of song, "I will survive")

Ms. GAYNOR: (Singing) I will survive. Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive. I've got all my love...

INSKEEP: And Mitt Romney holds a surprising lead with $23 million.

(Soundbite of song, "I will survive")

Ms. GAYNOR: (Singing) I will survive. Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll be alive. I've got all my life to live; I've got all my love to give. And I'll survive...

INSKEEP: That's how Republican candidates stand in raising the money they need to survive.

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