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Oct 16, 2011 9:42 AM by Kate Richards

President Obama's campaign still opening wallets

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's getting financial support from some of the nation's most distressed areas.

He has shored up support from mid-level donors in some of the most economically distraught areas of the country, even as his Republican challengers have made jobs a central issue heading into next year's election.

An Associated Press analysis of Obama's fundraising since April found his supporters opened their wallets more often this election cycle in places with the worst unemployment rates. That's compared with the same period four years ago, just months before the country was thrust into a major recession.

The new numbers suggest GOP candidates will have to make a harder sell on the gravity of the nation's 9.1 percent unemployment rate, an issue that has bedeviled Obama through much of his term.

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