Rick Santorum Wins Iowa Caucus Even If He Didn’t – Hoping He Did

It’s 12:21 am CDT, on the morning of January 4th. We are still waiting for the official results from Iowa. For several hours Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have stayed 100 or less votes within each other. This minute Santorum and Romney each have 25% of the vote with two counties out. Santorum is leading by 18 votes.

UPDATE 9:00 am on January 4, 2012: In the end, Romney won with an 8 vote margin. Early this morning when awaiting vote counts from the two last counties, we learned that of the two, one was many times larger than the other, and that bigger county, Clinton County, went for Mitt last time. Nevertheless, Romney won by only 8 votes.

OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING: John McCain is expected to endorse Romney sometime today.

UPDATE 12:40 am CDT, January 4th: The odd story continues. According to the Iowa GOP, ballots from two counties are missing. No one knows where they are, and no one has been able to contact whomever is responsible for getting the vote counts to the GOP headquarters. The count remains an 18 vote victory for Rick Santorum.

Santorum would have had an amazing win with second place, but winning means that America will have a chance to get to know Rick Santorum. With the close vote count, had Romney won, he would not have been much of a winner. In 2008 Romney had 26% of the vote coming in second behind Mike Huckabee’s 32%.

Don’t I love it that Karl Rove and Joe Trippi on Fox may have both been wrong tonight. If their consistent predictions that Romney would win proves to be correct in the end, they were so, so close to being wrong.

Ron Paul took third place with 21%. Gingrich 13%, Perry 10%, Bachmann 5% and Huntsman 1%.

Rick Perry is going home to Texas to “prayerfully” consider his next move. Michelle Bachmann says she is on her way to New Hampshire but her campaign manager is quoted saying tonight he isn’t sure what the next move will be.

With the exception of Perry, everyone else is on to New Hampshire, where Jon Huntsman lives. Romney has been there before. Here’s hoping the Granite State is tired of the same perennial presidential candidate, Romney, and will have fresh ears for Santorum and even Gingrich. In 2008 McCain won New Hampshire with Romney very, very close behind.

I’m off to bed.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

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  • Looks like Rove and Trippi were right, but I’m hoping that Santorum does get some attention. By pulling this second place off with so little money, he will probably be the next candidate That they try to “break”. By “they”, I feel like these attacks on specific candidates (those who rose in polling) aren’t coming from the Left alone.

    • kellsbells, I really wanted to stay up but just couldn’t, especially once they said the GOP didn’t know where the votes were. Romney got 1% less in the vote than he did in 2008. Sounds like Bachmann is bowing out.

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  • Ran

    It’s a win for Mitt and a coup for Rick.

    (I so miss Sarah and Herman.)

    • Ran, appears McCain is endorsing Romney. No surprise. Two moderates teaming up.