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The Republican Primary In Six Charts

Follow the money.The candidates fundraising figures from 2011, broken out day-by-day, tell the key stories of the cycle.

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Romney And Perry Had The Best Fundraising Operations

The above chart, showing the average daily donation for each day the candidate was in the race from April 1 to Dec. 31 shows Romney and Perry had the strongest fundraising operation. Rick Santorum's average daily haul: just $5,564.39; Romney's: $194,412.31.

Bachmann's Campaign Wasn't Built to Win

She had no real fundraising operation. After an initial spike at the end of June (mostly the result of a single money-bomb), Bachmann's fundraising was basically nonexistent -- and unprepared to capitalize on her success in the Ames Straw Poll.