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Donations pour into Kerry campaign after Iowa win

More Democratic advisers join team

Sen. John Kerry savors his victory Monday night in Iowa.
Sen. John Kerry savors his victory Monday night in Iowa.

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America Votes 2004

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) -- Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign is "taking off" with a dramatic increase in donations, a campaign aide said Tuesday, following the Massachusetts Democrat's come-from-behind victory in the Iowa caucuses.

Contributions to the Kerry campaign have soared 40 percent in the past week, and about $250,000 in donations was received through campaign Web site since his Iowa win, the adviser said.

The senator's campaign also picked up the tactical support of 20 prominent Democratic advisers in New Hampshire who had planned to work for Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri. But he dropped out of the race Tuesday after a disappointed fourth-place finish in Iowa.

The adviser said Kerry will deliver a speech Wednesday focusing on "ending the era of special interests" in the Bush administration, laying out the differences between the Democratic and Republican parties, and announcing a new health care initiative.

The aide would not reveal what that initiative would be, but said the speech would respond to President Bush's State of the Union address and his expected announcement of new health care proposals, which the aide said are "more message than action."

CNN National Correspondent Kelly Wallace contributed to this report

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