Report: Iowa results show Santorum with 34-vote lead
January 19th, 2012
09:17 AM ET
3 years ago

Report: Iowa results show Santorum with 34-vote lead

(CNN) – Rick Santorum finished the Iowa Republican caucuses 34 votes ahead of Mitt Romney, but results from several precincts are missing and the full actual results may never be known, according to a report published Thursday by the Des Moines Register.

The new numbers show 29,839 votes for Santorum and 29,805 votes for Romney, according to the newspaper. Certified results of the caucuses are scheduled to be formally released by the Iowa GOP at 9:15 a.m. ET.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
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  1. Sandy

    So according to Romney when he won by 8 votes he said "a win is a win." Now that Santorum won, it's a virtual tie. Does this guy ever stop flip flopping and telling lies! My gosh!

    Obama 2012!

    January 19, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Mitt will do well in Florida. If he has people "steal" a caucus by ballot stuffing, imagine what he can do in Florida.

    January 19, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    So, for his $8 in negative ads, Mittens still lost by 34 votes.

    January 19, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  4. Joe Smith

    And Al Gore should have been President in 2000. He was robbed!

    January 19, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  5. Anthony

    Romney got 30,021 votes in Iowa caucus in 2008. According to this latest total, Romney got 29,805 votes in 2012. Moreover, he finished in second place in 2008 and 2012. So, why is Romney the inevitable Republican nominee?

    January 19, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  6. once upon a horse

    so from 8 behind to 34 ahead? Where the heck were all these votes? Looks like the anti-Romney stuff is working to a point.

    January 19, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. Irma in north Carolina

    I just new there was something wrong their that they didnt have a recount. I wonder I Mitt will owe up to this, or if he still thinks hew won there.

    January 19, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  8. ST

    "results from eight precincts were missing and will never be recovered and certified."
    Hey, what is this?? Wasn't the voting done two weeks ago? Is this the long time to let everything disappear on its way? And what is the meaning of the whole process if no one honors it?? Mmmh!, memories of 2000 General Election (in Florida) is clicking my mind again!

    January 19, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Don't you just love the way Republicans count votes? Iowa Republicans had siad prior to the caucus that they were going to count the ballots at a secret location because of fears of possible OWS protestor interference. First they come up with Romney the winner, and declared it official by an 8 vote margin and no recount planned. Some folks do a recount anyway and come up with Santorum winning, but with 8 precincts missing so that it is unofficial. Don't you just love the way Republicans count votes?

    January 19, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Keith in Austin

    Does this really change anything? The GOP nomination will come down to Romney or Gingrich. In either case, both are far-better options than the Food Stamp President!

    January 19, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. Gurgi

    A Santorum Rice ticket would make heads on both sides of the isle explode. But whoever gets the nomination should choose Condi Rice and it will be a win.

    January 19, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. rs

    What is it with Republicans and elections? Maybe they need the Supreme Court to decide- Again!

    January 19, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. Joan

    This is no surprise. The very next day there were stories about a 20 vote mystery. Why wasn't that reported more? How could an 8 vote lead be a win for Romney and a 34 vote lead by Santorum be a draw? That's crazy. Something doesn't seem fair there. Iowa has lost a lot of credibility over this. It seems caucus results are pretty sketchy and about as reliable as straw polls. If votes are lost, not counted or not verified then that is not a true democratic system.

    January 19, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Ken Andrews

    Apparently the good Christians of Iowa feel that it is so important to block an "evil Mormon" that they can make votes disappear ala Tammany Hall.

    January 19, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    That is $8 million in negative ads. sorry.

    January 19, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Cameron M. Turner

    The Republicans have imposed new rules in several states demanding that voters show government-issued photo ID in order to vote. They claim this is to keep elections free of fraud. How ironic it is that the GOP failed to effectively and accurately count the votes in its very first election (the Iowa cacuses) of this season. It seems that the GOP (to use a New Testament analogy) was so busy being judgmental about the (alleged) speck in someone else's eye that they are ignoring the big, embarrassing plank in their own eye...

    January 19, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Pedron

    That's just pathetic with the liberal media darling Mitts declared the winner!

    January 19, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. American

    America needs rotating regional primaries. Iowa unfortunately does not have an automatic recount in place that ensures the proper results declared before making an announcement and in this case, Romney's loss.

    January 19, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Michael

    Anything but Mitt Romney the "business" millionaire (billionaire?) President hopeful. Mitt was a disaster for the majority of people when serving as Governor of Massachusetts. That is, not exactly serving the people – but mostly himself and his future plans. Also skipped town before his Governorship was up.

    January 19, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. G

    Another Florida 2000.

    January 19, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Wow! I always suspected that the numbers were being manipulated. Weren't the original votes counted in a secret hiding place?

    January 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. Todd M

    Good for him, bad for the GOP.

    January 19, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Stop the Charade

    Missing ballots in Iowa? I guess that it doesn't only happen in Chicago. Was this a straw poll? If so, maybe they fed the straw to the livestock.

    January 19, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Bud

    If politicians would just take Statistics 101 they would immediately realize that any result that falls within the Margin of Error needs to be declared a TIE. Had they done this in Florida in 2000, Gore would have been the winner, as he should have been by the national vote count.

    Idiots in charge, God help us.

    January 19, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Jparker77

    Big deal. Obama 2012

    January 19, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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