Skip to comments.Santorum Tops Romney in Iowa Caucus 'Split Decision' (Santorum won by 34 votes)
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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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.
Rick Santorum for President 2012
“Why wasnt it a split decision when Mittens was up by 8? Im 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.
I knew it!
Oh, how I despise liberalism's spin.
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:
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.
Really? I guess having the Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, Matthew Strawn, declare Romney the winner isn't good enough, huh?
FReepmail Antoninus to be added or removed.that up.
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.
I figured something was up when they were still “counting” votes until 1 am.
No bias there, eh? Like the sun coming up in the morning.
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.
As an establishment player Santorum understands this.
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.
Iowa can’t even count right. Pathetic!
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.