Now, though, the military's support has shifted toward Obama. Romney has consistently received little financial backing from military donors.
Despite the fact that Paul once raised almost twice as much as Obama did from the military, the president has received $536,414 from military donors, compared to Paul's $399,274 and Romney's $287,435, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics. These numbers are based on donations greater than $200, as reported to the Federal Election Commission.
I can't recall another Democratic presidential candidate who led a Republican in military donations. Obama came close over McCain in 2008, but McCain eventually won. I don't think this is especially predictive, but I do think it's an interesting point.