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First Read's Morning Clips: Granite State of Mind

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day
Image: Bernie Sanders files his intention to be on the New Hampshire Primary ballot
Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders holds the 'Notice to Voters' that all candidates are signing, after Sanders filled his intention to be on the New Hampshire Primary ballot at the New Hampshire State House in Concord, New Hampshire, USA 05 November 2015. EPA/CJ GUNTHERCJ GUNTHER / EPA

OFF TO THE RACES: Granite State of Mind

The New York Times, on the New Hampshire electorate's mix of "contentment and unease." MORE: "New Hampshire survived the Great Recession better than many states. Today it ranks at or near the top in several categories that measure a state’s health, like median household income, level of education and general well-being. Its rates of unemployment, crime and people living below the poverty line are among the lowest. Yet despite their relative prosperity and personal happiness, voters still express anxiety."

Polling in Iowa is tricky -- and getting trickier.

The AP: "Campaign money from shadowy sources is back this election. More than $4 million of it channeled to outside groups helping presidential candidates has come from unknown or masked donors."

BUSH: A full page Bush ad in the Union Leader slams Marco Rubio.

CLINTON: "Hillary Clinton’s hair’s-breadth win over Bernie Sanders in the first contest of the Democratic nominating season has sent a loud message: Every day from now until November is going to be a battle," notes the Washington Post. "That realization was settling in Tuesday with a party hierarchy that has united almost unanimously behind her candidacy — many on the assumption that the former secretary of state had practically a clear shot at becoming the Democratic standard-bearer."

"The feeling at Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters these days isn’t about pulling off an upset — it’s about closing the gap, and halting Sanders’ momentum by denying him an easy win in a state that should be a cakewalk," POLITICO writes. "In some respects New Hampshire is the only state where Team Clinton can flip the inevitability script — with Sanders positioned as the favorite with lots to lose"

CRUZ: His victory is about more than evangelicals, writes Emma Margolin.

RUBIO: The Washington Post: "Marco Rubio’s surprisingly strong showing in the Iowa caucuses reshuffled the already intense competition here in New Hampshire among the Republican establishment candidates, leading some to sharpen their attacks on the freshman senator from Florida ahead of next week’s primary."

SANDERS: He's making his big pitch for a win in New Hampshire, writes Kailani Koenig.

He's raised $3 million in the 24 hours since Iowa.

TRUMP: He's describing his second place finish in Iowa as a success.

The first post-Iowa poll (conducted both before and after Monday’s contest) shows him up 24 points in New Hampshire.

But, writes the New York Times: "Emboldened by Donald J. Trump’s defeat in the Iowa caucuses, conservative leaders and rival candidates for the Republican presidential nomination began to challenge him aggressively in New Hampshire on Tuesday, aiming to cut into his wide lead here and perhaps even to embarrass him by denying him victory in a second consecutive state."