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Iowa GOP: Romney wins caucuses [Romney 30,015, Santorum 30,007]
CNN ^ | 1/4/12

Posted on 01/04/2012 12:09:20 AM PST by Slings and Arrows

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney beat former Sen. Rick Santorum by a margin of just 8 votes in the Iowa GOP caucuses, the chairman of the Iowa Republican Party announced early Wednesday.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: ia2012; karlrove; rove
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Gee, what a surprise.
1 posted on 01/04/2012 12:09:25 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows

Missed it by that much.
2 posted on 01/04/2012 12:11:38 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Slings and Arrows

Tokyo Rove had a box of Romney ballots ready just in case.

New MSM headline: “Landslide Mitt gets mandate from Iowa!”


3 posted on 01/04/2012 12:12:13 AM PST by PAConservative1
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To: PAConservative1

“The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”
—Joseph Stalin


4 posted on 01/04/2012 12:13:59 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ummm.. I hate it when this sucks.


5 posted on 01/04/2012 12:14:25 AM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: Slings and Arrows

I guess they didn’t stop counting the votes until Romney took the lead. Chicago style caucus.


6 posted on 01/04/2012 12:15:24 AM PST by P-Marlowe
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To: PAConservative1

so he gets a 4 point win in Iowa.. he wins his tiny home state of NH.. then he has to come south to SC in a real primary.. only after the SC primary will we have any idea who will be the nominee.. anybody have the latest SC poll?


7 posted on 01/04/2012 12:16:08 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Slings and Arrows

The Iowa Republican Chairman looked absolutely smarmy in the announcement of the “Romney Victory.” It’s sad to contemplate corruption in the GOP, but this whole last minute “can’t find the ballots” smells just like what the RATs would be doing. Hope I’m wrong.


8 posted on 01/04/2012 12:16:37 AM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Milt had tens of millions of dollars and a huge machine, whereas Rick had jack squat. The public will figure that out and see who actually won. Hopefully, South Carolina and Florida will end Milt’s lifelong dream.


9 posted on 01/04/2012 12:16:58 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This whole Iowa Caucus stinks to high heaven! The Fox people said that the votes were lost so Romney and Rick agreed to pre-agranged vote totals?? This whole thing is Fishy.....The 2012 race is looking like a Dog and Pony show to hand Romney the Nomination and get in his Admin’s good graces....I’m calling shenanigans!!!!


10 posted on 01/04/2012 12:17:08 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: Slings and Arrows

To all who haven’t seen the excellent Santorum Iowa speech tonight, I highly recommend listening to the full 11 minutes of this speech here:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/04/santorum_celebrates_strong_finish_in_iowa_game_on.html

I was very impressed with his speech: from the heart and without a teleprompter or notes.

He’s so on target about freedom vs. fascism. I think now he’s got the best chance of articulating the conservative message and making mincemeat of Obama in a debate, while doing so with a boyish, innocent smile.


11 posted on 01/04/2012 12:17:39 AM PST by AlanGreenSpam (Obama: The First 'American IDOL' President - sponsored by Chicago NeoCom Thugs)
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To: Slings and Arrows
But Santorum is getting the applause:

Jan. 4, 2012, 1:51 a.m. EST
Romney, Santorum in virtual tie in Iowa race
Caucus results up in air in historically close contest

"But it was Santorum’s performance that stole the show on Tuesday night, as caucus-goers rallied around the lesser-known former senator from Pennsylvania, who was handily out-spent by his better-funded rival."

And it is a picture of Santorum supporters being shown

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/romney-santorum-in-virtual-tie-in-iowa-race-2012-01-04?siteid=bnbh

12 posted on 01/04/2012 12:17:48 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Slings and Arrows

Rove-San


13 posted on 01/04/2012 12:18:18 AM PST by FrankR (What you resist...PERSISTS!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Willard has a very LOW ceiling. Period.

2012 IA:

Willard Romney 30,015
Rick Santorum 30,007

2008 IA:

Mike Huckabee 40,841
Willard Romney 29,949

Hmmmmmmmm.....

Forget IA.

SC + FL = nom.


14 posted on 01/04/2012 12:19:42 AM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Slings and Arrows

If you experience a caucus count lasting more than 4 hours, please seek immediate mathematician’s attention.


15 posted on 01/04/2012 12:19:53 AM PST by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: vette6387
The Iowa Republican Chairman looked absolutely smarmy in the announcement of the “Romney Victory.” It’s sad to contemplate corruption in the GOP,

Romney is a democrat.

Democrats always win close elections.

16 posted on 01/04/2012 12:21:20 AM PST by P-Marlowe
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To: P-Marlowe; vette6387

Please see post #4.


17 posted on 01/04/2012 12:21:56 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

CNN just reported the final delegate count for tonight..

Santorum 7
Romney 7
Paul 7
Newt 3..I think
Perry 2


18 posted on 01/04/2012 12:22:26 AM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Great. Santorum’s turning out to be the predicted spoiler candidate that will ensure Romney’s eventual nomination.


19 posted on 01/04/2012 12:23:16 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The Iowa caucus process is far too rickety for anyone to fix the outcome from some central location.


20 posted on 01/04/2012 12:23:57 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - No Prisoners. No Mercy.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

8 vote win for Mittens.

All that money and all I got to show for it was a lousy tie!


21 posted on 01/04/2012 12:23:57 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: matt1234

They massaged the data until they had a happy ending.


22 posted on 01/04/2012 12:24:07 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This is a big win for Rick!!!


23 posted on 01/04/2012 12:24:25 AM PST by tallyhoe
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He must have Al Franken’s vote counter


24 posted on 01/04/2012 12:25:59 AM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Utmost Certainty

Santorum is good at retail politics. He has an organization in New Hampshire.

He is looking to win not just to come in second.


25 posted on 01/04/2012 12:26:18 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
Don't see SC but found one for Floriduh

PRESIDENT – FLORIDA – GOP PRIMARY (TelOpinion)
Mitt Romney 27%
Newt Gingrich 26%
Ron Paul 5%
Rick Perry 4%
Michele Bachmann 4%
Jon Huntsman 1%
Rick Santorum 1%

26 posted on 01/04/2012 12:27:38 AM PST by byteback
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To: Slings and Arrows

I haven’t read many comments here on FR tonight, but I just wanted to remind you all that delegates are where it’s at. We don’t know the outcome yet, but some networks have been projecting that delegates-wise, Iowa was basically a three-way tie. Or close to that. (Romney/Santorum/Paul)


28 posted on 01/04/2012 12:29:19 AM PST by incindiary (http://youtu.be/BkpnhCkLK-M)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I find it very odd that Tokyo Rove was the FIRST person to know Willard “won” Iowa. I would think the people counting the votes and the media would know first. And there were also reports of random precincts not counting right, but they refuse to do a recount.

No question about it: Romney and the establishment STOLE the Iowa caucuses!


29 posted on 01/04/2012 12:29:35 AM PST by PAConservative1
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To: goldstategop

Santorum’s a weak candidate and his momentum won’t translate nationally. Why people are even rallying behind this duplicitous goofball, is beyond me.


31 posted on 01/04/2012 12:31:30 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: byteback

That will change BIG when Willard gets clobbered in SC this month. Mark my words.


32 posted on 01/04/2012 12:32:50 AM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

>>anybody have the latest SC poll?

If you are supporting Santorum, in the first half of Dec it was as bad as it can get.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/sc/south_carolina_republican_presidential_primary-1590.html


33 posted on 01/04/2012 12:33:25 AM PST by expat1000
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To: Slings and Arrows

34 posted on 01/04/2012 12:36:36 AM PST by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Utmost Certainty

Santorum campaigned in all of IA’s counties and did the shoe leather campaigning and it was lonely at times. But it paid off big. Obviously, he does connect to people. He did a great job with a consistently conservative message. No one else is good at old-fashioned politics like Santorum. He makes up in quality what he lacks in quantity.


35 posted on 01/04/2012 12:36:51 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: sillipuddi

damn STRAIGHT!

have you noticed all they say is romney newt and perry?

they never bring up santorum EVER

and stupid google search results are so not relevant anymore

I’m angry too but what good does it do seriously? no one gives a crap

I gave up cable a long time ago-thought I would miss it but your post makes me think I did the right thing

screw it!


36 posted on 01/04/2012 12:36:53 AM PST by MaryLou1
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To: byteback

Real Clear Politics Polling Data

Poll Date Sample Gingrich Romney Paul Perry Bachmann Huntsman Santorum Cain Spread

RCP Average 12/4 - 12/19 — 35.0 28.0 6.5 4.0 3.5 2.0 1.5 — Gingrich +7.0

TelOpinion 12/15 - 12/19 800 RV 26 27 5 4 4 1 1 — Romney +1 [OUTLIER]
NBC/Marist 12/4 - 12/7 469 LV 44 29 8 4 3 3 2 — Gingrich +15
SurveyUSA 12/5 - 12/6 500 LV 45 23 4 5 6 3 2 — Gingrich +22
CN/Time 11/29 - 12/6 446 LV 48 25 5 3 3 3 1 — Gingrich +23
Quinnipiac11/28 - 12/5 509 RV 35 22 8 4 4 2 2 8 Gingrich +13


37 posted on 01/04/2012 12:43:40 AM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: MaryLou1

If you “screw it”, newbie, you’re screwing yourself.

Politics have been a dirty business since the business of politics began.

We support those public representatives who best represent our ideologies, and let the chips fall where they may. To give up entirely is to forfeit your freedom.


39 posted on 01/04/2012 12:47:40 AM PST by This Just In
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To: sillipuddi

Nope, definitely no Romney shill. I just want to see somebody who can reliably beat Romney on a national level, and I don’t trust Santorum can do it. Nor do I trust Santorum period, given his spotty voting records.


40 posted on 01/04/2012 12:52:47 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Statistically this is a tie, and an unexpectedly good showing for Santorum.


42 posted on 01/04/2012 12:59:41 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: sillipuddi

It’s all good. :) No worries.

And yep, they’re going to pull out all the stops to make sure their anointed little Romney gets the nomination. Who will lose to Obama IMO—sometimes I wonder if that’s why they want him.


45 posted on 01/04/2012 1:15:56 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I know. It’s that it really seems like the MSM and the GOP establishment have anointed Mittens as The Candidate, the will of the voters be damned. They’ll both spin it as a mandate for Mittens instead of what it is: 3 out of 4 voters who wouldn’t give Romney the time of day.


46 posted on 01/04/2012 1:16:01 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: PAConservative1

The party machine usually finds the votes and that includes our own Pennsylvania GOP machine that Santorum was loyal to for so many years.

Romney’s “landslide” is laughable.


47 posted on 01/04/2012 1:17:27 AM PST by Nextrush (President Sarah Palin sounds just right to me)
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To: Utmost Certainty

They want Romney to win the nomination and lose so they can coronate Jeb in 2016.


48 posted on 01/04/2012 1:17:39 AM PST by PAConservative1
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To: vette6387
>"It’s sad to contemplate corruption in the GOP,"

Vote for the Socialist of your choice!!

Socialist R
Socialist D

49 posted on 01/04/2012 1:23:52 AM PST by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: Utmost Certainty

Newt has actually come out and called Romney a “liar.”

Gingrich will have to fight if he wants to win this thing and I hope Gingrich points out Romney’s two faces on many issues including abortion.

If Santorum is so “pro-life” and “pro-family” you’d think he’d point out Romney’s two faces.

But Santorum was always the darling of the inside the beltway National Right To Life Committee.

NRL’s longtime General Counsel, James Bopp Jr., now is a “family issues” advisor to Mitt Romney, asserting that Romney is “Pro-Life” among other things.

Santorum is a tool to split votes so Romney can win.


50 posted on 01/04/2012 1:25:50 AM PST by Nextrush (President Sarah Palin sounds just right to me)
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