Washington (CNN) – The Democratic Governors Association on Friday reported raising approximately $8 million in the first three months of 2012.
The new figure is over $2 million more than in the first quarter of the comparable 2008 election cycle, according to the organization in charge of electing Democrats to state houses.
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"While we continue to face a challenging electoral environment in 2012, our robust fundraising efforts will ensure DGA has the resources to support our competitive races – and help Democratic governors keep our country moving forward, not back," DGA Chair Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement.
The deadline for first quarter filings with the Federal Election Commission is Saturday. Eleven states will hold gubernatorial contests in 2012.
The Republican Governors Association has yet to release its numbers.
- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.