Romney finishes Iowa caucus three way on top, despite surging Santorum

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum

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The hot and heavy three way in Iowa between Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum lasted late into the night. The lead position went back and forth, but despite Santorum surging all over, Romney ultimately pulled out on top. A lack of caucus enthusiasm led to a tight sparring match between the three men. While Romney finished ahead of Santorum, he led by only 8 votes, 30,015 to 30,007. Paul cleaned up farther behind with 26,219 votes. The three way pulled away quickly from Gingrich and Perry. The latter, perhaps a sore loser, is returning to Texas to “assess” his campaign’s future. Michele Bachmann, unsurprisingly, was never really an active participant.

In some ways, Romney and Santorum represent the two poles of the Republican spectrum. While it’s probably unlikely we’ll see more surging Santorum, he can at least position himself as coming at Romney from behind. But voters did not express a clear preference in Iowa’s messy, over hyped caucus.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted January 4, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

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    • Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      Just the first two sentences?

      • Posted January 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        This is hot political commentary.

        And Gingrich is getting all lathered up in preparation for South Carolina. Should be fun to see this become a 4-way again. A lot of voters will be tempted to swap partners, er, candidates.

    • Posted January 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

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  2. Posted January 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

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  3. Posted January 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

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