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ef=”/rural votes are crucial presidential campaigns money not so much” target=” blank”>Paying for politics is mostly an urban occupation. But some counties came through for candidates.

The pattern of political support for the top seven candidates in the two major parties is many splendored. Bill Richardson did well in New Mexico, which is no surprise. John Edwards collected quite a bit of money in East Texas, which is. And Mitt Romney found surprising support in a exurb of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Rudy Giuliana has friends in Alabama and Barack Obama does quite well in Colorado ski country.

Check the links below to find which counties contributed most to the major candidates:

REPUBLICANS
Mitt Romney
John McCain
Rudy Giuliani

DEMOCRATS
Bill Richardson
John Edwards
Hillary Clinton
Barack Obama

Overall, Democrats have outraised Republicans among rural residents:

 

Contributions by party in the first quarter of 2007

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