Some of Romney’s top contributors to his campaign began to gather in New York on Monday, coming to the Waldorf Astoria hotel for a three-day retreat.
A large contingent of Romney’s brain trust mingled in the hotel lobby with donors before they boarded a fleet of buses for dinner at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum that featured US Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the vice presidential nominee.
“Big numbers,” Donald Trump, the business and entertainment mogul, said as he entered the dinner Monday night. “Well, I am feeling very excited,” said former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. “I can read polls.”
The retreat — which on Tuesday featured several briefings from top Romney advisers — comes as the Romney campaign announced that it had raised $170 million in September, a figure that is a monthly best for Romney but trails Obama’s near-record $181 million haul in the same month.
Still, Romney’s fund-raising total is impressive, in part because it came during a stretch in the race where his campaign was struggling and donors were grumbling.
Romney has focused most closely on Virginia, Ohio, and Florida. But in a sign that the campaign may be dipping its toes into new territory, Ann Romney on Monday made a stop in Pennsylvania, a state that so far has been seen as reliably Democratic.
Polls have been increasingly tightening, giving Tuesday’s debate even greater significance.
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