Edwards Says Cash Lead Didn't Help Dean Get Votes

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Presidential hopeful John Edwards says he's raising enough money to compete in the early states and invoked Howard Dean's 2004 fund-raising totals as a cautionary tale.

The former North Carolina senator says in an interview with The Associated Press that money will not decide who will be the nominee. Edwards says Dean out-raised other candidates but didn't win the nomination.

The Edwards campaign reported it raised nine million dollars from April through June. That amount is less than the totals of rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Edwards says he is the underdog and likes where he is in the race right now. He says he is on track to raise 40 million dollars.