[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/25/art.perry.gi.jpg caption="Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign raised more than $1.3 million dollars Wednesday."] (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his campaign raked in more than $1.3 million dollars Wednesday.
In a media release, his campaign says that the so-called "Money Cannon" broke previous records for fundraising in a single 24-hour period in a Texas gubernatorial contest.
Perry is running for a third full term as Texas governor. He's being challenged in Tuesday's primary by fellow Republicans Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Wharton County GOP chairwoman Debra Medina. Hutchison's campaign didn't announce any one day totals on Thursday, but they report that as of Monday, they raised $1.1 million over the first three weeks of February, with $2.3 million cash on hand. According to state records, Perry's campaign had $2.4 million cash on hand as of last Saturday and Medina's campaign had nearly $291,000 in the bank.
A poll conducted earlier this month by Blum and Weprin Associates for 5 Texas newspapers indicated that 45 percent of likely GOP primary voters were backing Perry, with 29 percent supporting Hutchison and 17 percent favoring Medina. According to the survey, only 8 percent of those questioned were undecided.
Perry needs to top the 50 percent threshold to avoid runoff on April 13 against the second place finisher.
- CNN's Robert Yoon contributed to this report