It’s still too soon to see any sort of impact that last night’s solid win at the New Hampshire primary will have on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign. But even before the victory, Romney was already showing major signs of being the one who could provide the best challenge to President Barack Obama in the general election.
Romney’s campaign has reported a total haul of $24 million in fundraising in the fourth quarter, and of that, he still has $19 million in cash on hand. He raised $56 million in 2011, surpassing the campaign’s goal of $50 million.
And polling numbers for the general are beginning to look up, too. According to a new Reuters poll, Romney is trailing Obama by just five points, a gain of three points in just the last month. Romney also has the support of 30 percent of the GOP voters, up 12 points since last month.
All polling and fundraising were done before the New Hampshire results, and both can boost Romney’s argument that he is the best positioned to defeat the president as the battle for South Carolina kicks into high gear.
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