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Romney Narrowly Edges Santorum, Paul In Iowa Caucus

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 7:13 am

Folks who enjoy political fireworks were in heaven last night as the Iowa caucuses turned out to be one of the closest votes in our nations history. Mitt Romney, the former Masachussetts Governor, narrowly edged out a surging Rick Santorum by a reported total of eight votes to win the Iowa caucus, with Ron Paul coming in third place about three percentage points behind. Newt Gingrich finished a distant fourth, garnering just more than half of the votes amassed by both Romney and Santorum.

The race to become the republican nominee looks much different than it did one week ago, that is certain. Long thought of as an also ran, Santorum’s push down the stretch propelled conservative Iowa voters to get out in favor of him as essentially the anti-Romney candidate. It’s a strong sign for Romney, who is essentially winning Iowa after not placing much emphasis there.

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn reported the official vote count at 30,015 for Romney and 30,007 for Santorum. Each candidate pulled in about 25 percent, with Ron Paul grabbing 22 percent and Newt Gingrich 16 percent.

The caucuses, as they typically do, also were poised to winnow down the field.

Rick Perry said after a fifth-place finish that he was returning to Texas to reassess his campaign.

Michele Bachmann, who finished last among candidates who were competing in Iowa, did not drop out during a speech to supporters Tuesday night, though questions swirled about her campaign’s fate. Bachmann reportedly told a contingent of her followers that she wouldn’t drop out.

Several analysts said that Santorum emerges the de facto winner considering where he started. Romney, who spoke before final results were announced, kept his remarks focused on President Obama.

He called Obama’s term a “failed presidency” and urged voters to select a candidate like himself “who’s had a job in the private sector.” Romney congratulated Santorum and Ron Paul on their performances.

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