(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)With less than three months to go before voters begin casting their ballots in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, Texas Gov. Rick Perry narrowly leads rival Mitt Romney in cash in the bank.
But a financial report filed with the Federal Election Commission over the weekend hints Perry may face serious trouble raising more cash for his GOP primary bid unless he can turn his struggling campaign around.
The Texas governor outraised his GOP rivals—bringing in roughly $17.2 million in just seven weeks. But Perry relied heavily on large donors from his home state, a potential sign of his limited appeal among Republicans nationally.
According to his FEC report, roughly $12.3 million of Perry's third quarter total from donors who gave the maximum $2,500 to his campaign. Less than $700,000 of Perry's cash came from donors who gave $200 or less. That's roughly 4 percent of Perry's overall fundraising total--a potentially bad sign for the governor's appeal among grassroots voters.
By comparison, Romney raised slightly under $2 million from small donors or about 14 percent of his overall $14.2 million total.
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