Despite polling up and down nationally among Republicans at the time, Mitt Romney had his second-best fund-raising month this past February. POLITICO reports that spokeswoman Andrea Saul told reporters Wednesday that the Romney campaign raised $11.5 million during the year's shortest month. POLITICO notes that with the announcement, officials sought to deliver the message to reporters that Romney is the inevitable GOP nominee and "it would take a dramatic sea change" for rival candidates Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich to overtake the former Massachusetts governor.
The Washington Post acknowledges that Romney increased his fund-raising significantly from January, when he pulled in just $6.5 million. While the sum is $2.5 million more than Santorum's in the same time, Emily Schultheis of POLITICO notes that the Romney campaign did not disclose their cash on hand amount, which is expected to be low after the last several close primaries. February's money success should provide a needed morale boost within the Romney campaign which many have speculated was in need of future funding.
Romney has raised $75 million since the start of his campaign.
Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul have yet to announce their February fund-raising totals.