From NBC's Ron Allen
The Romney campaign is spinning its second-place finish this way: It was a good night for "anti-washington" candidates, that Huckabee benefited from being a "unique fit" with the evangelical community here. They think their "investment" of time and money paid off. Romney was faced with candidates with such high name recognition as McCain, Giuliani and Thompson.
"We have the resources to compete across all states."
They will continue to run "contrast" ads at McCain on "issues." In today's new ad, it's "ordinary people," who criticize McCain on taxes immigration and the fact that "his time may have passed" after 25 years in D.C.