Red, Blue, and Green: County voters open wallets for presidential candidates

Johnson County residents have been giving presidential candidates donations both large and small, shelling out nearly twice as much in campaign contributions as they did four years ago.

They’ve given more money to Republican Mitt Romney this campaign season. But Democrat Barack Obama has more donors from Johnson County.

Romney has raised $70,412 from 102 Johnson County residents since the start of the election campaign season, or about $20,000 more than Obama, according to Federal Election Commission records. He’s raised more than twice as much as Republican John McCain did from Johnson County donors four years ago, when McCain ran for president.

Statewide, Romney also leads Obama in fundraising. He’s pulled in $3.5 million from Indiana residents, while Obama has raised almost $3.4 million.

Together, Romney and Obama have raised about a third more from Indiana residents than the two major party nominees did in the 2008 presidential election. Johnson County residents have contributed about $50,000 more to the nominees than they did last time.

Johnson County residents also gave about $12,000 to other Republican presidential candidates, chiefly Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

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