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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: Jordo
Do you really think the Republican party of IA is calling the shots?!


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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