Romney Wins The Iowa Caucus By 8 Votes!

Bookmark and Share   With 99% of the vote in, 4 votes separating the first and second place candidates, and blurry eyed anchors and reporters on their seventh hour of live broadcasts struggling for things to say, Iowa State Republican Party officials have reported that they could not find the results from the precinct in one county and two precincts in another county may have incorrectly transposed the results for one candidate to another.
However, with all the proper adjustments made and vote verified by monitors from both the Romney and Santorum camps, it was decided that Romney wins the Iowa Caucus by 8 votes.

For Rick Santorum, the good news is that the results are so  close that he will still be considered a big winner.  The good news for Mitt Romney is that he did what he failed to do 4 years ago after spending $10 million dollars.

The bad news is that Iowa Republicans are not exactly helping Republicans outside of their state, feel confident in their stewardship of an election that has as profound an effect on national politics as the Iowa Caucus.

For political junkie, the evening could not have been more extraordinary.  Between Santorum’s remarkable underdog campaign roaring from behind, Mitt Romney’s struggle to hold on to frontrunner status, a second tier battle for relevance between Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul, and the added tension and intrigue of human error, the night was truly one for the history books.

The initial story here is the emergence of Rick Santorum.  The story that is yet to unfold is how well Santorum can build upon his surprise victory.

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