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Santorum Tops Romney in Iowa Caucus 'Split Decision' (Santorum won by 34 votes)
national journal ^ | January 19, 2012 | Niraj Chokshi

Posted on 01/19/2012 3:47:43 AM PST by Brown Deer

A recount of the Jan. 3 Iowa Republican caucus results has Rick Santorum leading Mitt Romney in the race for the GOP presidential nomination by 34 votes, with data from 8 precincts missing and never to be certified, GOP officials told The Des Moines Register on Wednesday. Despite Santorum's advantage, the state Republican party views the results as a wash.

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To: Personal Responsibility
If they do it your way it is extremely hard to cheat in order to ensure victory for the person they want to win.

What the heck was I thinking? ;)

BTW, the map you posted in post 49 is excellent, and needs its own thread. It puts everything in perspective.

51 posted on 01/19/2012 6:49:04 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: Brown Deer

Rick Santorum for President 2012


52 posted on 01/19/2012 6:59:14 AM PST by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!Jesus is Lord)
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To: liberalh8ter

“Why wasn’t it a “split decision” when Mittens was up by 8? I’m seriously getting sick of the pitiful and corrupt election process in this Country. “

Because there was NO decision at all at that time. The 8-vote Romney “win” was trumpeted by the press. The state Republican party did NOT say Romney won, they said there was no official result and there wouldn’t be for quite some time. The press almost totally ignored that statement.

There seems to be plenty of incompetence and/or corruption in the state party, but don’t blame them for something done by the press and Romney’s supporters.


53 posted on 01/19/2012 7:03:47 AM PST by Jordo
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To: Brown Deer

I knew it!


54 posted on 01/19/2012 7:09:45 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: Brown Deer
When the liberal RINO was in the lead by 8, they went yelling “WINNER” at the top of their lungs over and over and over again. Each time the RINO was in a story it was "The winner of Iowa" blah blah blah. Now the final count comes in and Santorum WON by four times the old differential and the Yahoo headlines says “Santorum “may” have won, the RINO now calls it a tie, and this article calls it “a wash”.

Oh, how I despise liberalism's spin.

55 posted on 01/19/2012 7:16:07 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Brown Deer
The Des Moines Register has a fair amount of detail and is mostly practicing journalism here.

They link to a spreadsheet with the precinct breakdown for the 1766 precincts they were able to certify. That spreadsheet verified my surmise that whatever the votes were in the other 8 non-certified precincts, they are not being counted. They're not even lines on the spreadsheet. Hopefully someone will perform further journalism and discover what went wrong. As of this posting the Iowa GOP site hasn't been updated today; the Register is the only site with data posted.

I don't have time for a full comparison now, but a glance at the "certified" spread sheet in comparison to the one posted after "Mitt won" revealed a couple interesting points.

First, they broke down the voting by others in more detail. Sarah Palin only received 23 votes statewide. Cain received 45. Some much for their hopes of resurrection.

Second, although they aren't providing totals from the 8 "non-certified" precincts now, their unofficial results were provided earlier this month and if unchanged would provide Santorum with an additional 35 vote margin:

46 Romney
81 Santorum
64 Paul
30 Gingrich
31 Perry
15 Bachman
2 Huntsman
269 Total

So although they are now saying Santorum 'won' in the 99.5% complete 'final' tally, had it been 100% the best available data suggests he really won by about 69 votes. The size and trend of those 8 unofficially counted precincts makes it fairly likely that Santorum really did win Iowa.

So we're off to an interesting day. Santorum flips Mitt in Iowa. Perry reported to be dropping out. Newt gets dropped on by ex #2 tonight and what will likely be an interesting debate tonight. I'm off to work so will be offline awhile.

56 posted on 01/19/2012 7:18:22 AM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: Jordo
The state Republican party did NOT say Romney won, they said there was no official result and there wouldn’t be for quite some time.

Really? I guess having the Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, Matthew Strawn, declare Romney the winner isn't good enough, huh?

 Iowa announcement    

57 posted on 01/19/2012 7:31:24 AM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: Brown Deer
It is interesting that you can hardly find the headline “Santorum Wins Iowa” on Google. It's also interesting that a bunch of votes go missing. I guess it's the only way Romney or Paul could taint the win, so they took it. Oh well, at least Mitt has to shut up about winning 2 states now, although he benefited by being the the inevitable nominee for some time. I'm for Santorum, but I hope Newt takes his pound of flesh out of the media during the debate tonight for the hit piece ABC's running on him tonight. This media, what a bunch of lying pigs.
58 posted on 01/19/2012 7:50:57 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: throwback

romney wins iowa caucus
About 57,200,000 results (0.20 seconds)

santorum wins iowa caucus
About 89,400 results (0.31 seconds)
59 posted on 01/19/2012 8:28:55 AM PST by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; American Constitutionalist; Antoninus; AuH2ORepublican; BlackElk; ...
Santorum for President Ping List.

FReepmail “Antoninus” to be added or removed.that up.

60 posted on 01/19/2012 8:30:16 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Jordo
Do you really think the Republican party of IA is calling the shots?!

SNORT.

61 posted on 01/19/2012 8:33:42 AM PST by mewzilla (I'll vote for the first guy who promises to mail in his SOTU addresses.)
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To: Utmost Certainty

It does not matter that Santorum won Iowa. Romney and the establishment republicans lied, then used their lie to propell their candidate. Now, weeks later, the purpose was served. And Rick Santorum, playing by the rules, and honestly, was left to the coopted media to be relegated to the second-place canard, despite his win. And where are the honest establishment republicans? Where are you now? Standing silent on this issue, standing the shadow of their shame and hippocrisy...the low life bastards.


62 posted on 01/19/2012 8:40:01 AM PST by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: Brown Deer

I figured something was up when they were still “counting” votes until 1 am.


63 posted on 01/19/2012 9:05:54 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: Brown Deer

No bias there, eh? Like the sun coming up in the morning.


64 posted on 01/19/2012 10:17:49 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: liberalh8ter

He didn’t “declare him the winner” in the sense that he stated an official result on behalf of the party. It’s not clear that he was even speaking for the Iowa party. He said he was chairman of the party, but he didn’t say whether or not was speaking in an official capacity. (That might have been clear from other remarks not in the video, so it’s a minor point.)

He did congratulate Romney for winning and Santorum for coming in second, based on the numbers he had at the time. He was pretty careful to say that the certification could take up to two weeks.

In the video, he said, “each county has 2 weeks to send the certified form E ... to republican headquarters. So within 2 weeks the republican party of Iowa will have the final certified results... But I can report...” and then he gave the results that made the headlines at the time.

I saw written reports from Iowa that made the same point — official results would come later. But they weren’t particularly visible.

After 2000, I hoped people would learn not to take unofficial election night results too seriously. Particularly in a close election.


65 posted on 01/19/2012 11:43:20 AM PST by Jordo
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To: Brown Deer
Santorum supporters were suckers to think if he came out on top in the final results the reporting would reflect it.

As an establishment player Santorum understands this.

66 posted on 01/19/2012 12:01:04 PM PST by newzjunkey (SC: a vote for Santorum or Paul is a vote for Romney's coronation)
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To: All; sheikdetailfeather
Sorry. No ride. Santorum looks done come Saturday. No one but his supporters will care if he technically won Iowa or didn't. It won't be called a win by the party and any chance of building momentum was well over before now. Already well back, he's trending down in new SC polling and with Perry out Santorum is dead last; he fell behind Ron Paul.

If Newt can't hold on and take SC from Romney it's over when Mitt wins FL. Romney's the nominee and the worst primary ever process will be a rubber stamp through Feb onward.

Frankly, I don't expect Newt to survive the calculated onslaught.

67 posted on 01/19/2012 12:13:06 PM PST by newzjunkey (SC: a vote for Santorum or Paul is a vote for Romney's coronation)
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To: Brown Deer; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; Dengar01; sickoflibs; AuH2ORepublican

Iowa can’t even count right. Pathetic!


68 posted on 01/19/2012 3:38:42 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

No body (except us political junkies) even care about Iowa at this point. So the effect is moot, except for bragging rights. And with all the other news today, it makes it even more irrelevant.


69 posted on 01/19/2012 5:04:51 PM PST by gswilder
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