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It takes money to run for office, whether that office is a seat on the city council or a spot in the White House. Every bit helps, from the $5 donations to the $5,000 ones.

South Dakotans contributed those dollar amounts and just about everything in between to candidates, those still in the race, and those who dropped out long ago.

Candidates campaigning for the 2012 Presidential Election have raised millions of dollars across the United States, almost $400 million from individuals.

But some states are a lot more giving than others. Folks in California have given the most, more than $43 million to all candidates.

On the flip side, South Dakota ranks 49th in terms of contributions with about $444,000 going to presidential hopefuls.

So who are South Dakotans helping fund their run for office?

Residents have given President Barack Obama more than $84,000 for his reelection campaign.

They've given Republican candidates almost $360,000. Much of that cash to support those with the G-O-P has gone to Mitt Romney. Romney, who locked up the nominee Tuesday night in Texas, has raised more than $159,000 in South Dakota.

But residents supported other Republican candidates as well. Newt Gingrich raised nearly $63,000, Ron Paul about $43,000, and Rick Santorum about $35,000.

Now that we know who is getting the money, the next question is where in the state is it coming from?

The Federal Election Commission breaks South Dakota contributions down into eight regions.

The combination of the two southeast sections of the state adds up to about $300,000 in donations, or two-thirds of all the cash South Dakota donated came from this part of the state.
    
Western South Dakota has contributed about $75,000 to all candidates, central South Dakota about $14,000, and the Aberdeen and Watertown areas combined to donate $35,000.

Romney has gotten the most contributions from the Sioux Falls region with donations ranging from $25 to the maximum donation of $5,000 for a total of about $96,000.
    
President Obama has gotten about $35,000 from the Sioux Falls region with donations ranging from $5 to $2,500.

All adding up to donations that the candidates hope will help them cash in on a win.

Minnesotans have donated more than $4 million to all presidential candidates. Folks in Iowa donated about $1.5 million.

The state with the least donations? North Dakota, with about $277,000.

*Information from Federal Election Commission. Click here to view the website.
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