At a $40,000-a-plate fundraiser in midtown Manhattan last night, President Barack Obama predicted a tight election against a well-financed Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, but still liked his chances at winning a second term.
"If the election were held today it would be close, but I think we'd win," Obama told a group of 60 supporters gathered at the upscale NoMad Hotel in the Flatiron District. The fundraiser was expected to generate $2.4 million for the president.
(...) His remarks came as federal campaign reports show Romney leading in fundraising on Long Island.
From January 2011 through the end of June this year, Romney has raised $3.4 million to Obama's $3.2 million on Long Island, according to a Newsday analysis of federal campaign reports.
Romney is also counting on $2.4 million in Long Island donations to Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting his bid for the White House. Priorities USA, a super PAC supporting Obama, raised $11,200 on Long Island during that same period.