Too Little, Too Late? Santorum Declared Iowa Caucus Winner

Friday, January 20, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum arrives for a press conference on January 19, 2012 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. According to certified results released, he won the Iowa caucus. (John Moore/Getty)

Friday South Carolina will hold the "First in the South" primary. Since 1980 the victor of the South Carolina primary has gone on to win the presidential nomination. But the Palmetto State is sharing the limelight this morning with the Hawkeye State as the miscount in Iowa has skewed the results of the first GOP caucus. Rick Santorum is now declared the winner of the Iowa Caucus by a small margin of 34 votes. But in the end does it really matter?

Cody Brown is Rick Santorum’s Iowa campaign manager. Steffen Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University and a blogger for WNYC’s politics website It’s a Free Country.

Guests:

Cody Brown and Steffen Schmidt

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein

Comments [2]

Charles

The hyperlink in this story from The Takeaway indicates, "Rick Santorum is now declared the winner of the Iowa caucus..."

That is a plainly false assertion. Even the story in the hyperlink (at Politico.com) neither "declares" Rick Santorum as the winner, and it does not report that Iowa election officials were "declaring" that Santorum was the winner.

For the factually-challenged reporters at The Takeaway, let us review in 30 words or less:

A recount found that Santorum was 34 votes ahead, not 8 votes behind. But some precinct results were lost and no longer countable. Therefore, no winner could be declared.

That is different, from "Santorum is declared the winner."

Jan. 20 2012 10:58 AM

Outside of "middle America" I wonder if anyone cares about all this. I sometimes wonder if the rest of America is just waiting for Romney on the other side of this "page six story" so we can see the battle royale between him and president Obama.

Also, reporters and pundits keep saying that Gingrich is a brilliant whatever but I just don't see it. He's got all the graces of the Sheldon character on The Bing Bang Theory. I'm not saying he's not a nice guy... just that he's not presidential-ly nice. We are, after all, going to elect a guy that needs to talk and convince others to work with him. Right?

Jan. 20 2012 10:26 AM

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