I awoke this morning to two pieces of extraordinary news. On the campaign front, Barack Obama has filed his fundraising report for the month of September, and the result is historic beyond measure. In that month, the Obama campaign raised $150 million dollars from over 600,000 new donors. Even more stunning, the campaign has now raised contributions from 3.1 million individual Americans, and the average contribution to the Obama campaign is still less than $100 - about $86 a person. This extraordinary people-powered campaign has the ability to aggressively compete in states like West Virginia and North Carolina, once-GOP strongholds that are not trending blue. It's an encouraging sign as we enter the home stretch of this race.
The other exciting piece of news is that Colin Powell, the widely respected General and former Secretary of State, gave a full-throated endorsement of Barack Obama on Meet The Press. His endorsement has all the more credibility, because General Powell is a Republican who has known Mr. McCain for 25 years. Watch the video here of Powell directly answering the endorsement question: