3) Romney reportedly raised almost $25 million during the fourth quarter, a significant haul, and his best quarterly take to date. 2) Romney won with nearly 40 percent of the vote in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, becoming the first non-incumbent presidential candidate to notch victories in both Iowa and the Granite State. He scored a thorough across-the-board win in NH, winning 49% of Republicans, 42% of conservatives, 40% of Tea Party supporters and 30% of evangelicals. But turnout was only up slightly (234K in '08 vs. 241K+ in '12), showing that while New Hampshire Republicans may be eager to vote out Obama, they're not overwhelmed by their choices. He faces a tougher task in South Carolina, where he leads in the polls but is also the target of a seven figure ad buy from a Newt Gingrich-supporting super PAC, and criticism from Gingrich/Rick Perry/Rick Santorum. The ex-governor will face challenges among evangelicals and other conservatives and his reinforcements will be out in full force too, ensuring what is shaping up to be another nasty, hard fought Palmetto State primary. Reid Wilson: 1) Romney demonstrated extraordinary reach across the Republican coalition in a sweeping New Hampshire victory Tuesday night that included not only the groups that favored him in Iowa, but also voters who identified as either evangelical Christians or strong tea party supporters, as National Journal's Ron Brownstein reports. It makes it all the more challenging for a single anti-Romney challenger to emerge in South Carolina, even as evangelical leaders are discussing the possibility. Per the New York Times:
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