Ann Romney, the wife of Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, jokes with him during a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. The event moderated by U.S. television talk show host Charlie Rose and featuring eight Republican candidates, presents the first debate of the 2012 political season focused solely on the economy. UPI/Daniel Acker/Pool | License Photo
Reporting $17 million, Perry raised nearly $3 million more than Romney despite entering the race Aug. 13, halfway through the quarter.
"We are proud of the $32 million we have raised for the campaign so far," Spencer Zwick, Romney's national finance director, said in a statement. "This is just the start of the effort to help fuel Mitt Romney's message that will defeat President Obama next November."
Romney also reported ending September with $14.65 million in the bank, not too far behind Perry, who reported $15 million cash on hand, The Hill reported.
Candidates are required to submit third-quarter information to the Federal Elections Commission by Saturday.