Iowa “split decision”

After the certification process of the votes in the Iowa caucus, it wasn’t a win for Mitt Romney.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum received 34 votes more than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in this month’s Iowa caucuses, state Republican officials reported Thursday.

The party officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Des Moines Register that the final caucus count would remain unresolved because the results from eight precincts were mislaid and will never be certified. Any of those missing results could hold an advantage for Romney.

The totals reported just after the Jan. 3 ballots had given Romney a narrow, eight-vote win over Santorum. It gave an early boost to Romney’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

“It’s a split decision,” the executive director of the Iowa GOP Chad Olsen said.

How did the two candidates respond to the news.

“The results from Iowa caucus night revealed a virtual tie. I would like to thank the Iowa Republican Party for their careful attention to the caucus process, and we once again recognize Rick Santorum for his strong performance in the state,” Romney said. “The Iowa caucuses, with record turnout, were a great start to defeating President Obama in Iowa and elsewhere in the general election.”

Santorum previously told Fox News that he was unfazed by possible errors. “That doesn’t really matter to me. I mean, this was a tie,” Santorum said.

Does it have an impact on the belief that Romney is all but assured the Republican nomination?

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