“I think it is more driven by emotion — more so than any other election I’ve observed — and because it is driven by emotion this year, money has taken on more importance than ever,” he said.
He said the amount of money being spent on this election can tend to make voters feel disconnected to the candidates and turn them off from voting.
Donors in North Andover gave the most financial support to Romney with $56,000 among 105 donors. Obama raised $28,461 in that town.
In Andover, Obama raised $90,527 and Romney raised $77,700.
“Even though Andover is typically Republican it is a testament to the work that the democrats have done at the grassroots level,” Padova said.”You work hard and generally you get the pay. That is why I think they bucked the trend here in Andover.”
In all, 30 people in Andover gave the maximum $2,500 among the two candidates.
Statewide, however, Obama holds a large fundraising edge over the state’s former governor.
Obama has raised about $14.5 million over Romney’s $7.9 million, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Nationally, Romney trails Obama by $158 million in individual donations.
“Despite Romney being out raised, the Super PACs that are favorable to him have compensated for this by blanketing the air waves with anti-Obama Commercials,” Padova said.
Staff Writer Jesse Roman contributed to this report.
Candidate Number of donors Total donated Average contribution
Obama 1,089 $137,974 $126
Romney 317 $150,939 $476
Donations by community
Donations No. of donors Donations No. of donors
Andover $77,700 114 $90,557 555
Haverhill $11,426 37 $9,391 123
North Andover $56,036 105 $28,461 260
Methuen $5,141 57 $5,992 83
Lawrence $600 4 $3,603 68