Iowa Caucus: Romney Wins By Eight Votes

A long night of vote counting in Iowa is over, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the winner. But just barely.

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn announced at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday that Romney received 30,015 votes. Senator Rick Santorum narrowly missed victory, receiving 30,007 votes. They each received 25% of the votes.

Congressman Ron Paul came in third place with 26,219 votes. Newt Gingrich received 13% of the vote, followed by Rick Perry at 10%, and Michelle Bachmann had 5%.

Perry says he's going back to Texas to reassess his campaign and whether it will continue.

So far, Paul, Gingrich and Bachmann say their campaigns will continue.

New Hampshire is next on the calendar for the candidates. The state holds its primary, the first in the country, on Tuesday, January 10.

With 92-percent of precincts reporting the Iowa Caucus Is very close between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.

Romney and Santorum both have 25% of the vote. Santorum has a slight lead with 99 more votes than Romney. Ron Paul is in third with 21%.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is blasting former Gov. Mitt Romney as someone who can't bring enough change to Washington.
Speaking on Tuesday after a fourth place finish in the Iowa caucuses, Gingrich said Romney is a nice man but incapable of doing what's necessary to fix the country.

Michele Bachmann's campaign manager says it's hard to tell whether she will continue her campaign after a bleak showing in the Iowa caucuses.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An entrance poll of early arriving caucus-goers in Iowa suggests that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas congressman Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are in the top tier of vote-getters in the Republican presidential contest.

The other candidates in the race are former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The survey by Edison Media Research for The Associated Press and television networks was based on interviews with more than 600 people arriving at nearly 40 precinct caucuses across the state.

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  • by Ron Paul 2012 on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM
    Delegate wise Iowa was a 3 way tie with Romney, Paul, and Santorum.
  • by Ron Paul 2012 on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM
    Delegate wise Iowa was a 3 way tie with Romney, Paul, and Santorum.
  • by Teresa Location: Farmville on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    Well he really did not win by much. Eight votes is nothing. A lot of people have mixed feeling about Romney. That really says something uh. I believe he has a hidden agenda to look after himself and the very rich.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:56 AM
    Your posts are matter how much you blither here, it will be GOP winning in 2012. Obama was threw months ago. Funny, you think he is in the out of DC soon. Some of you need to learn the internet to keep up...
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      by Independent on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:09 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Oh good - then the corporations and banks can really accelerate creating more poverty and concentrating wealth. Dems, we lose. Repubs, we lose. At least the Dems don't vote against their own interests quite as much.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:12 PM in reply to Independent
        what has obama created ??? PLEASE tell us. He has more people of food stamps now than EVER IN HISTORY ! Money supplied to people from the government has to come from somewhere. My taxes are high enough, so you suggest we borrow more from China ?
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      by Lavon on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      According to what poll Snake Oil?
  • by Bubba on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:02 AM
    Repubs have no chance. They can not come up with 1 example of a "Job Creator". And why should they. The "Global Economy" is a fancy word for big business to use when they want to move or create jobs in counties where the labor and safety laws are less stringent. So it is OK to move a factory from NC to China... because as a Global Company... there is no allegiance to ones own community. They can sweep that under the "Globalization" rug. It is pretty pathetic. I mean China is still a Communist country. We have no ethical reason to be supporting their economy.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:49 AM in reply to Bubba
      What about the 20 jobs bills that the Republicans have passed and are sitting on Harry Reids desk collecting dust? If we have no ethical reason to support Chinas economy, then why are we constantly borrowing money from them?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:11 PM in reply to Bubba
      what you explain is what has HAPPENED under obama. Business (which means JOBS for Americans) would stay here if laws and taxes were less stringent or expensive.
  • by nowayjose Location: enc on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:28 AM
    Huntsman was the only one who had any sense. The fact that so many voted for santorum (using the alternative definition)is disgusting.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    Ron Paul needs to get outta the way. How ignorant is someone that wants to let Iran do anything they want ? If they close the Strait of Hormuz, our gas prices will DOUBLE ! America is the premier world super power and we need to stand up for ourselves. People like Ron Paul is the reason why America had to enter WWII. Isolationists.... we do NOT need to be.
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      by rogelio on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:41 AM in reply to
      People like you are the reason Amerika is now a banana republic..........thanks for nothin. How many wars can Amerika fight at one time?
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        by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:16 PM in reply to rogelio
        it wouldn't take a WAR to handle Iran. Two aircraft carriers could idle Iran without nukes. It doesn't take an invasion to win a war. We can not allow them to close the Strait of Hormuz.
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          by rogelio on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:50 PM in reply to
          Has a war ever been won without a ground invasion? I think you will want to re-think your position.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:58 PM in reply to
          we're not removing an unwanted people from another country, we're stopping an idiot from getting nukes. We don't have to invade Iran, we just need to stop their wants for a nuclear weapon.... BEFORE they get one.
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          by To anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:14 PM in reply to
          "We" don't have to do anything alone re: Iran!! If they close the Strait, it will be them against the whole world, if we don't do something stupid like try to do it alone!!!
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      by c-had on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:11 AM in reply to
      You clearly have no idea what you are talking about.America will not be the "premier world super power" if we are broke and keep borrowing from China to finance wars abroad.What a joke.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:09 PM in reply to c-had
        so both of you just want to let the World go to ---- and mind our own business, reguardless of what Iran does ?? Speaking of a joke.
  • by G-Nasty Location: G-Vegas on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:07 AM
    Hopefully people will realise how much of a flip-flopper Romney is and support Ron Paul. PRESIDENT PAUL 2012!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 04:55 AM
    Not much difference IMO of Romney and Obama...either of these will bring 4 more years of the same.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Jan 4, 2012 at 03:35 AM
    Michelle needs to quit. There's no catching up for her. She turned me off the very first time I saw her on tv opposing gay marriage. There are issues with the country that should have higher priority.

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