Santorum Really Won Iowa Caucus

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A final counting of the Iowa caucus shows Rick Santorum really beat out Mitt Romney by a handful of votes.

The certified results, released Thursday by the Iowa Republican Party, show Santorum won by 34 votes. As previously reported, Romney was called the winner by 8 votes at 1:30am local time on January 4.

The new figures put Santorum at 29,839 votes, compared with 29,805 for Romney, reports Reuters.

State officials told The Washington Post they still had not received any results from eight of the state’s 1,774 precincts. But now, they said, it was too late for the missing votes to count.

“It’s done,” said a party spokesman, who asked that his name not be used. About the missing votes, he said: “We never got ’em. We tried to track ’em down, and for whatever reason, we don’t have them.”

The Post also reports that the election result does not necessarily alter how many delegates the candidates won. On January 5, the delegate count was a three-way tie between Santorum, Romney, and Ron Paul, who came in a close third. Each candidate was awarded 6 delegates at the time.

The Santorum campaign welcomed the new results, saying they shake the idea that Romney will be the eventual Republican nominee. “Conservatives can now see and believe they don’t have to settle for Romney, the Establishment’s moderate candidate,” the campaign said in a press statement.

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