RALEIGH (AP) -- Elizabeth Edwards' diagnosis of incurable cancer has triggered a nationwide outpouring of support, including an surge of donations to her husband's presidential campaign.
The amount of money given to Edwards' campaign via the Internet has jumped by about 50 percent since the couple announced last week that Elizabeth Edwards' cancer had returned.
Since last Thursday, Edwards has collected about $540,000 online. It initially took Edwards two months to reach his early online fundraising goal of $1 million.
Chief campaign fundraiser Fred Baron said Wednesday he was "confident" that the campaign would surpass its overall fundraising goal of $7.4 million in the first quarter. Totals for the quarter will be released in federal campaign finance reports in mid-April.
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