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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Rick Santorum: “Game On”

It is “Game On” in the Republican Presidential primary following the “surprise” finish by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

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Mitt Romney may have won the Iowa Caucuses by eight votes, but the story coming out of Iowa is Rick Santorum. In addressing his supporters on Tuesday night, the first words out of his mouth were, “Game on.”

Romney edged Santorum 30,015 to 30,007 votes. The result is closest caucus finish in history and a campaign that go down in history.

After languishing in the polls for almost two years, most candidates would have changed course, fired their advisors, and thrown in the towel, but not Rick Santorum. From the beginning of the campaign to the caucuses themselves, Santorum stayed faithful to his grassroots strategy that relied more on blood, sweat, and tears, than the glitz, glamour, and media attention that comes with being a front-runner.

Santorum’s strategy paid off, largely because Iowa’s plentiful social conservatives coalesced around his candidacy in the closing days of the campaign. His message on bringing manufacturing jobs home resonated with blue-collar workers. Another key factor behind Santorum’s stunning victory in Iowa is the simple fact that he made himself more assessable to Iowa voters than any other candidate.

The strong finish by Santorum shows the Tea Party will be a force in 2012.

The Santorum Iowa “victory” negates the dire predictions against the Tea Party, most notably by Talk Show host and O’Reilly Factor pundit, Laura Ingraham, who said recently that a win in Iowa for Romney was a defeat for the Tea Party.

Clearly it was not, because Mitt Romney, for all the push and hype, barely scraped past Rick Santorum for the top spot in Iowa, and did not crack the percentage ceiling, maintaining a plateau below 30 percent, while Santorum’s grass-roots, bare knuckles and bare-bones campaign managed to resonate reasonably with the hawkeye voters, who gave him the second spot.

If there’s an unsung “hero” in the Iowa Caucuses, it most certainly is the Tea Party, because the narrative in the election and the driving forces are the issues of the economy, unemployment and jobs, and the corruption of Crony Socialism of the current administration, the very issues of the Tea Party.

The Iowa caucus results also show the importance of EVERY vote for this reason.

They show that no matter how you slice it, the GOP nomination for President is up for grabs.  When you tally all the polls and divvy-up all the percentages, add in all the predictions, factor in all the speculation, then sum up all the estimates, the inside skinnies, the fat rumors, the wishful thinkings, the positive ponderings, the maybe baby’s, the hollow hunches, and the round tuits, Conservatives need to get out the vote, the message, and follow through to the result.

As was said Tuesday night, “Game On!”

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Exodus bad for Romney?

An interesting perspective on the winnowing of the Presidential field in the Republican primary.

Once the voting started on January 3, 2008, most of the GOP candidates battened down the hatches until and stuck it out through Florida. The result, of course, was that the anti-McCain vote was split.

My expectations were that this would repeat itself — that the conservative vote would splinter — and that Mitt Romney would win the nomination. After all, what’s the incentive for dropping out before, say, South Carolina?

Regardless, it appears the field is winnowing — and this could deal a huge blow to the campaign of Romney. Romney, of course, benefits from a crowded field of conservative anti-Romneys. A crowded field means the conservative vote is split, and therefore he can win with 25, or so, percent of the vote.

With no winner-take-all contests before April 1 for 2012 is it truly beneficial for the field to winnow to only 3 or 4 before then though?

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Bachmann Ends Campaign for President

Word is that the job of the Iowa caucus is to winnow the field of candidates.  If that’s the

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case, the caucus has done just that.  A mere five months after winning the Ames straw poll, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has “suspended” her Presidential campaign.

“Last night the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice. And so I have decided to stand aside,” the Minnesota congresswoman said.. “I believe that if we are going to repeal Obamacare, turn our country around and take back our country, we must do so united. And I believe that we must rally around the person that our country and our party and our people select to be that standard-bearer.”

Not much of a surprise, despite the claim to supporters last night that she was continuing the fight.  It may be a disappointing finish for Rep. Bachmann, but in the end it was the right decision.

Fox News contributor and former Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins said Bachmann’s loss was pretty devastating after coming in first in last summer’s Ames poll. Rollins, who had predicted before the election that she’d finish last, said she would need to drop her campaign since she also has to worry about a redistricting fight at home.

“I don’t think she has the resources to go beyond. She doesn’t want to end up $1 million in debt,” Rollins said, adding, “I think she has nothing to be ashamed of.”

The question is who will her supporters back now?

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