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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