January 04, 2012


Photo Finish in Iowa

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum were separated by just a roomful of votes, the closest finish in Iowa caucus history.

The Des Moines Register reports Romney ultimately beat Santorum by just 8 votes.

Ron Brownstein: "The big story in Iowa appears to be that Romney's camp is getting the result it wanted despite a merely workmanlike showing for their own candidate. That's because the Iowa results will elevate Paul and Santorum, who face the greatest hurdles in building a national campaign, while depressing Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry -- either of whom might have had more chance to emerge as a threat to Romney if they had received a boost from Iowa."

"Still, the results leave open the question that has dogged the former Massachusetts governor all year: whether outside of his home terrain in New Hampshire, he can expand his support much beyond 25 to 30 percent of the Republican electorate."










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