Santorum Officially Named Iowa Winner Over Romney

Rick Santorum tops Mitt Romney in the final tally of votes out of Iowa.

Rick Santorum (AP)

Mitt Romney, seemingly formidable after back-to-back wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, is actually not 2-0, Republican officials say.

The final tally of votes out of Iowa were certified Thursday, and have flipped in Rick Santorum's favor. After initial returns gave Romney an eight vote victory, the final tally shows Santorum leading Romney by 34 votes. The Iowa caucus named Santorum the official winner Friday.

Initially it was widely reported that no winner would be named for the Iowa caucus due to votes from eight of the 1,774 precincts still missing. The Iowa Republican Party later clarified that despite the missing ballots, they were naming Santorum the winner based on the votes that were tallied. The Iowa GOP is uncertain if the missing votes will ever be recovered.

Though Santorum is not expected to give Romney much competition in Saturday's South Carolina primary, the victory has thrown a minor wrench in Romney's momentum, and gave Santorum bragging rights--which he touted in Thursday night's debate when he reminded Newt Gingrich that he had as much right to continue competing as he does.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 05:52 PM
    New World Order regardless of president
  • by Bradman on Jan 21, 2012 at 04:06 PM
    The Democrats would probably win this year if Obama would step down and let Hillary run. Instead, the majority isn't really going to vote republican because that's what they believe, they will just want to vote Carter, I mean Obama, out.
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      by Buck on Jan 21, 2012 at 04:24 PM in reply to Bradman
      Obama's not going anywhere with the right wing clowns everyone is betting on. Each one is only pulling a few actual % per state and most of those are as nutty as the person they're supporting. Mr. Frothy in this article would grant a win for Obama without much effort on the left!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 05:54 PM in reply to Bradman
      Hillary. Now, there's some new blood.
  • by The Coach on Jan 21, 2012 at 01:56 PM
    Everyone's yacking about a flat tax, why can't we have a flat vote! Too many slipping into office by sneaking past the score board. It's like watching a football game where the lower score wins, and then a week later they change their minds and give it to the other team.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Jan 21, 2012 at 08:29 AM
    Just got through reading on that seven of the eight precincts whose ballots are missing voted against Romney in 2008 with 4 of them going overwhelmingly to Huckabee and 3 gave Mitt zero votes. Looks like Dems don't hold a patent on election irregularities after all. Then, there are the states that don't require voter ID at the polls.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    Google Santorum. And don't vote for evil. Vote for anyone non-conservative.
  • by Nic on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    THANK GOD! Can a true conservative get on the ballot? Romney is another moderate. The last thing this country needs is another moderate that poses as a conservative. Remember. If you are voting for the lesser of two evils, you are still voting for evil.
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