Through the Federal Election Commission's website
, you can find out who's laying the campaign cash upon whom in your state and county, even your zip code. The early returns are in. (And we do mean "early." The records only show contributions through March 31.) Guess who was leading in the dollars race for President.
So far among the Republicans, Mitt Romney is the runaway leader in Tennessee, with $244,500 raised ($142,000 of that in Davidson County. Many of the familiar heavy hitters have lined up behind the Massachusetts governor, including:
Mrs. Jack Massey ($2,300)
Ed Nelson ($2,300)
Ted & Colleen Welch ($2,300 each)
Monroe Carell and wife ($2,100 each)
Tom Cigarran and wife ($2,300 each)
Francis Guess ($1,000)
Rev. George Dettwiller and wife ($2,300 each)
Sue Atkinson ($1,000)
David K. Wilson ($2,300)
Toby Wilt ($2,300)
Running a distant second in Tennessee is Rudy Giuliani with $51,000 in contributions ($15,450 in Davidson). McCain collected $46,675 in the state. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas was fourth with $25,350 (just over $16,000 in Davidson County).
Among the Democrats, John Edwards was far and away the leader with $134,650 ($51,775 raised in Davidson County). Barack Obama had raised less than one-sixth of that amount, despite an active phone solicitation effort, with $26,631 ($13,000 in Nashville). Hillary had collected just $7,870 in the whole state, with a little less than half of the total coming from Nashville.
Statewide, Republican candidates had received nearly twice the dollars that had been given to Democrats: $378,120 to $190,136.