Newt Gingrich will report raising at least $9.3 million since the beginning of October, including more than $4.6 million in the month of November alone, when the former House speaker was surging in the polls, according to preliminary numbers provided by the campaign.
The fourth-quarter haul, which covers the period from Oct.1 through the end of the year, gave a much-needed boost to a campaign that, strapped for cash, had to scramble to build the infrastructure to capitalize on an unexpected mid-November surge.
He has since slipped, particularly in Iowa, where the first nominating contest will take place Tuesday.
Gingrich’s monthly fundraising totals track roughly with his fortunes in the polls.
He raised $1.28 million in October, when national polls and surveys of likely Iowa caucus-goers had him climbing while Mitt Romney and Herman Cain battled it out for the lead.
By November, Cain’s upstart campaign was deflated by persistent allegations of sexual harassment and an affair. Gingrich surged ahead. He raked in $4.62 million that month.