Santorum Wins Iowa, GOP Establishment Calls it a Tie

by Mike on January 19, 2012

in Election 2012,Politics

When Mitt Romney held an eight-vote lead at the end of Iowa caucus night, there was some question as to whether the lead would hold.  Usually, states re-canvass the votes after the actual election night to account for things like mathematical and typographical errors.  This is rarely significant even in the closest of elections because the numerical shifts are often statistically insignificant.  With just eight votes separating Santorum and Romney however, the possibility of a different outcome was real.

Today, the Iowa Republican Party issued its final count and the good news is that Rick Santorum won Iowa caucuses by a margin of 34 votes over Mitt Romney.  The Republican establishment being what is, they were too many errors in eight precincts (areas carried by Santorum), so they’re calling the race a tie.  You know the drill, when Romney is on top, “a win is a win,” but when Mr. Inevitable loses details are unimportant.

So as it stands now, Santorum won the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary where a majority of voters were not Republicans, Newt Gingrich leads in South Carolina, and Ron Paul has a lock on the Martian vote.  This Republican primary process may be a lot of things, but “over” isn’t one of them.

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