Perry raises $17 million in first US campaign period

WASHINGTON - Texas Governor Rick Perry raised $17 million in his first fundraising quarter in his bid for the Republican nomination for US president, the campaign said, likely topping rival Mitt Romney for the period.
Perry jumped in the race less than two months ago and has been fundraising furiously. He led polls after joining the field but has dropped recently following several missteps.
Romney, who has regained first place in national polls, is expected to raise considerably less than his $18 million second-quarter haul, according to campaign officials.
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