Mitt Romney wins Iowa Caucus by eight votes over surging Rick Santorum
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Former Massachusetts Mitt Romney won the 's Tuesday by a total of eight votes over former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. According to , a record 123,000 people voted in the caucus with 30,015 for Romney and 30,007 for Santorum. Congressman Ron Paul of Texas finished in third place with 26,219 votes.
The results were a surprise for Santorum, who was as low as four percent in the Iowapoll just a few weeks ago. However, analysts say his old-fashioned politicking in every Iowa county accounted for the surge in polling just days before the vote. His socially message was well-received in the highly state. Santorum later described the situation as a "rather close race" in a speech that touched on his roots.
Romney, whose supporters launched an expensive advertising campaign in Iowa, personally began to extensively campaign in the state just a few weeks ahead of the caucus. In his victory speech, he attacked president Barack Obama, saying "we are here to collect" on a statement the president made in 2009 that he would be a one-term president if the economy did not turn around. Prior to the caucus, Romney had received big name endorsements from such prominent GOP figures as former President and nominee . Yesterday, he won the backing of the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nominee John McCain of Arizona.
Ron Paul, who espousesviews, won a large percentage of those who identify themselves as political independents. In a remark to , he called his third place finish validation that "the message of liberty is appealing to everybody across the board."
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas governor Rick Perry, and Congresswoman finished in fourth, fifth, and sixth place, respectively. After the results came in, Gingrich lauded Santorum, but had tough words for Romney, on whose behalf negative campaign advertisements were aired in Iowa against Gingrich. Perry stated that he would "return to Texas to assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race", but later said that he would remain in the race and compete in the January 21 South Carolina primary. Bachmann, who won the in August, decided to end her campaign.
The campaigns now brace for the Utah ., Paul, Gingrich and the surging Rick Santorum.
|Candidate||Votes||Percentage||Results by County|
|Jon Huntsman, Jr.||745|
- Cain dropped out in December
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