The word that is circulating puts the figure at more than $4 million raised in ten days. This is more than double what Perry reported during the same brief post-session fundraising period in 2007. The rest of the story is speculation about how Hutchison will react. With every development that is favorable to Perry, his camp raises the suggestion that she will abandon the race. Hutchison is expected to report even more, but then she had six months to do it. This would be a propitious moment for Hutchison to end the “exploratory” phase of her campaign and say that she is in the race for keeps. But her game plan has always been to shorten the campaign. The trouble with that strategy is that Perry has already lengthened it.