Rick Santorum wins Iowa caucuses

Iowa Republican caucuses, January 3, 2012
Candidate Votes Percentage
Rick Santorum 29,839 24.56%
Mitt Romney 29,805 24.53%
Ron Paul 26,036 21.43%
Newt Gingrich 16,163 13.30%
Rick Perry 12,557 10.33%
Michele Bachmann 6,046 4.98%
Jon Huntsman 739 0.61%
No preference 147 0.12%
Herman Cain 45 0.04%
Buddy Roemer 17 0.01%
Total: 121,394 100.0%

See Update Below

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney barely beat our former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum for the top spot in Iowa on Tuesday. The counting went into the wee hours of the morning down to a handful of votes.

Report from the Des Moines Register:

Rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum waged a down-to-the-wire battle for the Iowa Republican caucuses Tuesday, but shortly after 1:30 a.m. today, Romney was declared the victor by eight votes.

Romney won 30,015 votes, compared with 30,007 for Santorum, out of 122,255 cast.

Each of the men won 25 percent of the vote and proclaimed victory.

Ron Paul was third, followed by Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman.

Romney’s campaign strategists had carefully staged expectations to persuade the public and media that the former Massachusetts governor could emerge strongly from Iowa with a close second- or third-place finish.

Romney nearly avoided campaigning in Iowa for the most part so this will be a big victory for him. Rick Santorum came from single-digit numbers into almost winning the whole thing which certainly creates a new dynamic in the race.

Major Update

After a recount, the Iowa Republican Party has now stated that Rick Santorum was the actual winner of the Iowa caucuses.

82 comments to Rick Santorum wins Iowa caucuses

  • JimiJack

    I don’t understand why certain states use the term caucus, when those states are voting under that terminology. On the other hand, where states use the term primary when voting, is correct in their terminology. Caucus means to meet with others to discuss business and has nothing to do with voting. Look it up and you’ll see.

  • Lorrie

    I think it is sort of “backwards” that you still have a caucus instead of a primary! Why in the world would you still be having elections in that manner? But Mitt is the front runner that could actually beat the idiot we currently have in office i.e. Obama. We had better pick someone, anyone, to get Obama out of office before America loses MORE jobs, gets in more debt and puts more people on welfare…….I just dont want Obama in office because he really does suck at his job!

  • Tim

    A must listen for anyone who thinks we shouldn’t vote for Romney because he’s Mormon. Oh…..btw, Mormonism is true, every word.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sWIIbwkuDm4

  • Mel

    I am a lesbian and Ron Paul supporter who grew up Mormon. My opinion is that Mitt Romney is a little too similar to Obama… and Obama has let us ALL down. He’s taking our civil rights away… as a lesbian who has had to fight for my own personal rights forever and still can’t seem to get through to people that everyone is equal (and if you can marry two damn bottles of ketchup together at a restaurant and my boss can ask me to marry two files).. then there is no institutional definition that says I shouldn’t be able to.. (That was for you Kevin, my gay friend) However, unfortunately, this election is not my time to devote my whole choice to that one matter. There are bigger problems to address when trying to find the right candidate to run our whole country. Ron Paul isn’t the perfect candidate, sadly, but he has been headstrong, honest, diligent and never quits.. he’s been running for President since the 80′s. Perhaps he needed to run as a Republican instead of an Independent so that the narrow-minded people that think the dichotomy of our country is the only way would finally notice him. It’s taken his predictions to come to a near slap in the face for anyone to even notice he’s there. As for Tim the republican who wants Santorum in there… there’s a reason another person posted that the EDUCATED are voting for Ron Paul, I couldn’t even understand your post, go back to grammar school.

    Our country is on the verge of a revolution. With our Occupy movements finally making some impact why would we vote another rich guy like Romney in there to control everything with the 1%? I was dooped by Obama. I really thought he would bring in change… POSITIVE change, but he’s done nothing but take our rights away and try to make himself King and us under his martial law. I believe I should be Republican because they stand for less government meddling with our lives.. well at least they are SUPPOSED to, that’s what they STAND for but most are hypocrites that tell me I can’t marry and if I was raped, unless I file rape charges I cannot have an abortion. How is that not meddling with my personal liberties.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that understands our ECONOMIC responsibility and how to get back on track AND understands whether he agrees or disagrees with someones lifestyle it is not his place to make them the way he wants them to be.

    I have been living overseas the last two years and most of me is looking forward to coming home and being a large part of a political activist community. However, there is also a large part of me that is scared to death of what our country is becoming and I don’t know if I want to come back.

  • tom

    I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A GINGRICH-OBAMA DEBATE. GINGRICH WOULD WIPE THE FLOOR WITH OBAMA!!!

  • jen

    And who says the recount was any more accurate than the first time counting? As far as anyone knows, the recount was incorrect. Doesn’t matter a hill of beans anyway since the top 3 each got 7 electoral votes a piece.

  • Guillermo V. Martinez

    Roman 13:1-5

    1 Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the powers that be are ordained of God.

    2 Therefore he that resisteth the power, withstandeth the ordinance of God: and they that withstand shall receive to themselves judgment.

    3 For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. And wouldest thou have no fear of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise from the same:

    4 for he is a minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is a minister of God, an avenger for wrath to him that doeth evil.

    5 Wherefore ye must needs be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.

  • jaw

    i hate polotics it brings out the uglyst side of people when we debate and fight for our opinons to be heard! all this does as anger people!!! us americans are lucky to have a rite to vote but we have screwed up the fun by all this debating crap!!! just let us vote and SHUT UP !!!! thank you

  • Jay Williams

    Go OBAMA! I hope this pisses you all off!

  • Anthony Williams

    I hate to be the one to correct everyone posting. Delegates are not decided by the vote in caucus states in any manner. Delegates are decided in the county, congressional district, and state conventions in the coming months. Whoever gets the most active delegates will sway the total delegation. Go Dr. Paul!

    • This man knows what he’s talking about! Ron Paul followers have been researching this system for years and by the count of Ron Pauls crew they have more delegates than ANYONE at the moment. They changed the rules to their liking and we’re going with the punches and rocking it.

      If there ever was a clearer sign for Divine intervention in the world I have yet to see it. This man is going to change the world forever.