The Washington Times - October 6, 2012, 02:05PM

President Obama isn’t the only one with impressive fundraising news: Mitt Romney’s campaign announced that it has raised $12 million online in less than 48 hours following the Republican’s comparatively strong debate performance against Mr. Obama Wednesday.

The money blast comes as larger-than-usual groups show up to work field offices across the country for the former Massachusetts governor’s presidential bid, and as the campaign has added more than 300,000 new Facebook friends, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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The paper also reported the amount is greater than the money raised immediately after Mr. Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hold up the bulk of President Obama’s health care overhaul, and that 60 percent of the money came from first-time donors.