In the first two months after winning the nomination contests of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama enjoyed a constant lead over his general election rival, John McCain, according to the Gallup Tracking Poll (see Figure 7.1). Obama also raised $52 million in June 2008, which “swamped” John McCain by more than two to one. He had already raised $340 million at that point compared to McCain’s $132 million. On the economic front, the news did not help John McCain’s Republican Party. In particular, the Bush administration, and the treasury secretary in particular, had to swat away increasing news reports that indicated that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the pillars of the mortgage business, might be crumbling.1
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