Romney Wins Iowa By 8 Votes

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (C) waves to his supporters during his caucus night rally following republican caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 3, 2012. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney edged out former Senator Rick Santorum by just eight votes in Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses. After spending most of the night locked in a dead heat with Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul, Romney was declared the winner early Wednesday morning with 24.6 percent of the vote. Paul finished in third place, followed by Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann. Perry announced he would suspend his campaign to return to Texas.

Pat Blank, senior news producer for Iowa Public Radio, reports on what she witnessed at Tuesday's caucuses. Ron Christie, Republican political strategist and political contributor to The Takeaway and WNYC's It's A Free Country, gives his analysis from Des Moines. Jon Ward, senior political reporter for The Huffington Post, looks at how the evangelical vote carried Rick Santorum to a near win in Iowa.

Comments [4]

What if Romney doesn't win enough votes and one of the others does, for example, Ron Paul. Does that mean the Republican party will support Paul. The man is a bit like an evil version of Ross Perot - he creates an image where the math works as it should, but everything else he projects seems to be the opposite of the meaning of the word "society". Is this the guy Republicans will vote for? And if (IF!) Paul becomes president can he actually do what I imagine he's thinking of doing: dismantle social programs, pull the troops against the advice of our generals, etc.?

Think of human behavior within this society. The government provides tax breaks to corporations that give to charity. We as a people have to pay people to be charitable! Selfishness could become the American zeitgiest in a Ron Paul administration.

Jan. 12 2012 10:37 AM

I'm a Romney supporter, but I have to say how happy I am that Rick Santorum came within a few votes of victory. I'd just like to know how many more good primary showings for Santorum it will take, to make sex-advice columnist Dan Savage's head explode? Because I would make a donation, to see that happen.

Jan. 04 2012 12:02 PM
Drew from NYC

Just to provide some fact-checking:

A moment ago Celeste said New Hampshire was 'a bigger state' than Iowa. New Hampshire is less than half the size (43%) of Iowa by population.

Jan. 04 2012 07:18 AM
Joseph Zrnchik from Highland, IN

Why won't Fox News cover Eric Holder's Operation PATCON? This is Operation Fast and Furious x 100. Operation PATCON killed 168 Americans and was exposed by attorney Jesse Trentadue in which his brother was tortured and murdered by the FBI in a case of mistaken identity when Kenneth Trentadue was mistaken for Richard Guthrie who was one of the OKC bombers. Guthrie was later caught and also tortured and murdered by the FBI which is why the FBI destroyed 22 tapes of the Murrah Federal Building bombing and the video of the bus driving past every store with a camera. The FBI now claims each video tape was being changed as the truck passed each of the 22 stores. Then, the FBI claims it lost all 4 video tapes from the Murrah building itself. This was to hide John Doe #2 and get away with its torturing and murdering the wrong guy. We have a criminal government and corrupt media and Americans need to know it. Without Ron Paul as president it will continue these crimes. Go to Facebook or Google "Operation PATCON." Then decide if you want an establishment politician or one who is honest and willing to deal with these crimes. The FBI is a criminal conspiracy against the people. The media is controlled by elite interests and seeks to hide these crimes.

The FBI has influenced the DOJ to repeatedly attempt to indict indict Attorney Trentadue, a law school professor, for exposing these crimes by charging him with Obstruction of Justice.

Americans get caught up in election hoopla and forget they are dealing with a criminal government and politicians who support and have legalized torture and murder.

Please help this information go viral.

Jan. 04 2012 06:29 AM

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