Romney faces big test today in N.H.

Attacks yesterday on Mitt Romney’s business record by his GOP rivals may be too late to derail him in New Hampshire, where he holds a sizable, though narrowing, lead.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets voters outside a polling station at Webster School in Manchester, New Hampshire, January 10, 2012. New Hampshire will hold its Republican primary on January 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)


Mitt Romney greeted voters today outside of the Webster School in Manchester, N.H.

President Barack Obama supporter Che Sayles, of Greenbelt, Md., fights for space outside the Webster School in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, where primary voting was taking place. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Che Sayles, a Barack Obama supporter from Greenbelt, Md., stood out among GOP volunteers at the Webster School.

FOR National. Londonderry, NH 1/10/2012 Volunteers for stood outside of Londonderry High School supporting their candidates for the GOP New Hampshire primary election. The GOP New Hampshire primary election at Londonderry High School in Londonderry, NH on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) Section: National Slug: n/a Reporter: n/a LOID:

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Outside of the high school in Londonderry, N.H., volunteers supported their candidates with signs and handshakes for incoming voters.

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Voters made their way to and from the voting booths inside Londonderry High School.

Cheryl Lord (L) and Yvette Bilodeau (R) hang up a sign to denote their polling place at Errol Town Hall, where voters can partake in the presidential primary, in Errol, New Hampshire January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary is today. Cheryl Lord, left, and Yvette Bilodeau hung a sign in Errol, N.H.

A New Hampshire Republican presidential primary election ballot is seen at the Broad Street Elementary School in Nashua, New Hampshire January 10, 2012. Voters in New Hampshire went to the polls Tuesday in the first in the nation presidential primary election. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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A primary election ballot was ready to be filled out in Nashua, N.H.

Voters arrive shortly after the polls opened to cast their ballots in the New Hampshire primary at the Ward 6 polling station at St. Pius Church in Manchester, New Hampshire January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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A sign at the Ward 6 polling station in Manchester, N.H., clearly defined where people could and could not campaign.

From left, residents Tanner Tillotson, Peter Johnson, and Jacques Couture wait for the stoke of midnight to cast their voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, at The Balsams Grand Resort, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in Dixville, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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The village of Dixville was first to vote at midnight. From left, Tanner Tillotson, Peter Johnson, and Jacques Couture waited to vote.

Peter Johnson dropped a ballot in a ballot box as town moderator Tom Tillotson looked early today in Dixville Notch, N.H.

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“Dixville Notch might be a harbinger in this race.”

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A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivering a speech in Damascus on January 10, 2012. Assad firmed up a timetable for promised reform in the face of 10 months of anti-regime protests but vowed to crush

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