Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul pulled in more than $8 million in fund-raising during the third quarter, his campaign announced Wednesday.
The Texas congressman, who is known for his ardent supporters, accomplished a rare feat in building on his second quarter totals. He raised $4.5 million in the second quarter.
In a statement Paul's campaign said the money came from 100,000 unique donors, a figure they said is five times the number of donors who gave to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Paul, who is making his third bid for the White House, is counting on grass roots support to power his primary bid. He raised much of his money from so called "money bombs," one or two day rushes of small dollar donations.
Perry, who entered the race less than two months ago, raised $17 million for the quarter, his campaign said Wednesday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will report raising between $11 and $13 million over the last three months, according to a source familiar with the tally.
Candidates have until Oct. 15 to release fund-raising totals, although the quarter ended last Friday. A large haul is one way a campaign can show strength heading into the fall campaign season.
– CNN's Peter Hamby and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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