[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/03/art.bush.gi.jpg caption=" Obama is close to breaking President Bush's fundraising record in 2004."]
(CNN) - The "over $40 million" the Obama campaign says it raised in March would put the total contributions the Illinois senator has raised in his presidential campaign at approximately $234 million - enough to surpass both the $200 million mark as well as the $215 million that 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry raised for that presidential primary season (then the Democratic record).
Obama is now just $25 million shy of reaching President Bush's overall record for presidential primary fundraising. In 2004, Bush raised a total of $259 million for his uncontested primary campaign.
The primary campaign season formally ends with the party conventions at the end of the summer.
Obama raised $194 million through the end of February. His official fundraising tally for the month of March is due to the Federal Election Commission by April 20.
Hillary Clinton raised $156 million through the end of February. Her campaign said Thursday it would not release her March totals until the filing deadline.