Romney defeats Santorum by 8 votes in Iowa
January 4th, 2012
03:05 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney defeats Santorum by 8 votes in Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Mitt Romney defeated Rick Santorum by eight votes in Tuesday's Iowa GOP presidential caucuses, the state Republican Party said early Wednesday, confirming Romney narrowly fended off an upstart challenger who just weeks ago polled in the single digits.

Ron Paul finished a close third, according to the state GOP. And Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who placed fifth, said late Tuesday that he would return to his home state to consider whether his campaign would continue.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
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  1. Four and The Door

    There's a message here from Iowa. Big government and out-of-control spending don't play well in the Mid-West.
    Perhaps Obama might rethink his class-warfare strategy? I doubt that. It's all he's got. No new plans or ideas. Another 12 months and 21 days and he will be yukin' it up with Rahm in the Windy City. And America's recovery begins...

    January 3, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. A Texan

    I`m for Ron Paul, he`s the best candidate to keep Obama in office.

    January 3, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    no big government.lets go Ron

    January 3, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    And to this end, lackey pundits in the CFR-dominated, mainstream media continuously chant that Ron Paul has “no chance to get the Republican nomination.” They spew this so often, it’s obvious they don’t believe their own lies.
    But here’s the joker: Ron Paul does not even need the GOP to win the general election. If he were to walk away for a third party, he would take at least 12% of the Republican vote with him. He would also take another 15% from the Independents and at least 11% from the Democrats. This would give him 38% − enough of the vote to win the Presidency in a three-man race.
    GOP strategists know all this and this is why you will never hear them utter these statistics in the mainstream media. If the public were to become too “hopeful” − if they were to understand the mathematics of the situation − even more people would vote for Ron Paul if for no other reason than to be on the winner’s bandwagon.
    So, the GOP has some serious choices to make.

    January 3, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. T'sah From Virginia

    @Four and the Door

    Actually, it's about Iowa losing its touch and NEVER being able to select a Republican candidate that can WIN!! The results are scattered all over the place and will end with the SAME slide in poll numbers of 20, 21, 22, and 23 – maybe even reach 24% per top candidate!!!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 3, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Debbie in Arkansas

    I agree with Larry in Houston..Statistically speaking...People of all parties....are sick of the way our Government is not working for the American people. As a result, the vote will be for the One candidate who can offer hope to our Citizens. This person is Ron Paul, I believe he is offering the most visible ways of fixing our economy!

    January 3, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. George in Texas

    Who is going to give the Sgt in uniform his article 32 hearing and then who will be courtsmartialing him. It is against the Uniform Code of Military Justice to promote any policial party or individual while in UNIFORM. You are taught this in BOOTCAMP!!!!

    January 3, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  8. kat

    anybody bur obama and paul!!!

    January 4, 2012 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  9. Peace

    Romney has lost big. 7 years campaigning; 13 millions used in Ads in Iowa only; same number of people who voted for him in 2008; sticking on the same percentage (25%) as he did in 2008 and still you call it a WIN??? He has won the defeat from people by 75% and lost the win by 25%! In other words work done by Romney was -NIL-

    January 4, 2012 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  10. diridi

    Evangelicals never vote to this Mormon and flip-flopper and ships jobs overseas....

    January 4, 2012 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  11. Marcus

    Larry in Houston – While I agree that if you look in the Republican field or in the Democrat or Liberal ones you will find a lot of people who follows the mantras 'I am done with these guys' or 'We need something really new, not 'new"...
    Where did you picked those numbers? And what makes you think that all those who are not OK with the current status quo of our politics will vote in Ron Paul alone?
    Sure he's picking a lot of votes and support from the 'I had enough!' guys and gals, but everything?

    January 4, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    8 votes is a landslide to a person who hasn't won a political race in 17 years. The fact that Romney won and that it is raining iguanas from trees in South Florida, tells me that hell has just frozen over.

    January 4, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  13. madmaninthemiddle

    Larry your math is wrong. If RP wins 12% of 1/3 of the electorate, that's, 4% of the total. In your scenario he gets only 13% of the total vote.

    January 4, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  14. Indy

    The message from Iowa is Republicans are weak and without a clear leader, the victory was no doubt for Santorum and Mitt was told after a five year run that Republicans are not sold on his Flip Flop N Lie agenda.No one talked about precise plans to get the economy rolling, just that if Obama was gone the jobs would fall from the sky in abundance and manufacturing would magically re appear. Not one candidate talked about what they have planned for healthcare, just repeal Roboma Care and health care in the entire country will magically fix itself. The only message coming from the candidates was they feel entitled to the Whitehouse and Obama has been the problem since 1999.

    January 4, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |