Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rick Santorum won Iowa!

As the Washington Post reports, the Iowa Republican Party has certified the results of its caucuses, and Mitt Romney is not the winner.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum edged Republican front-runner Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses by 34 votes, but can’t be declared the winner because votes from eight precincts are missing, officials said Thursday.
Romney was eight votes ahead of Santorum in the preliminary results of the Jan. 3 caucuses--the much-watched, first-in-the-nation presidential nomination contest. 
But when the certified tallies were submitted to state GOP officials Wednesday, they showed Romney trailing, 29,839 votes to 29,805. 
No, Mr. Santorum's victory does not change the dynamics of the Republicans' race for the White House, but it does offer him at least for a short time an opportunity to declare himself a winner. However, if he cannot translate this opportunity into success in South Carolina or Florida (the states hosting the next Republican primaries), then no one will remember. 

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