January 21, 2012


Muddled Caucus Results Threaten Iowa's Position

The winner of the 2012 Iowa caucuses was Rick Santorum, but the Des Moines Register reports, "the loser, it's becoming clear, was Iowa."

"The certified results released this week from the nation's first presidential nominating contest revealed that Mitt Romney's declared eight-vote victory on caucus night was actually a 34-vote defeat. They revealed that eight voting precincts went missing in action, and their votes will never be counted. And they were accompanied by evolving statements from the Republican Party of Iowa, which, having initially called the race for Romney, first declared this week's result a ;split decision' and only later acknowledged victory for Santorum."

"Such a muddled result and response threatens the already-contested legitimacy of Iowa's first-in-the-nation status and underscores the need for reforms to professionalize the voting process."










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