Romney, Santorum share top spot in Iowa GOP caucuses
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum each got roughly 25% support in Tuesday's Iowa GOP caucuses.
January 4th, 2012
09:59 AM ET

Romney, Santorum share top spot in Iowa GOP caucuses

The first real voter decision of the 2012 Republican presidential election season is in, and it's a split one. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum each got roughly 25% of the support from Iowa's caucuses Tuesday night, with Romney edging Santorum by just eight votes.

It was the closest GOP presidential vote in history, tighter than the 1936 South Dakota primary, which Alf Landon won by 257 votes.

Get the full story on the Iowa caucuses.

And check out an analysis of where the GOP nomination race is headed from here from CNN political director Mark Preston.

We may know more about that direction in a few hours.

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who got 5% of the votes in the Iowa caucuses, has announced she'll hold a press conference at 11 a.m. ET in West Des Moines, Iowa. Look for live coverage on CNN TV and CNN.com.

And Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who earned 10% of the Iowa votes, said he's headed back to the Lone Star State to reassess his candidacy.

Meanwhile, dive into the numbers behind Tuesday's caucuses in the CNN.com entrance polls page.

And for complete coverage of Iowa and the entire 2012 presidential campaign, go to CNN.com/politics.

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  1. Tcr c2

    Romney will push his beliefs on america in secret combinations, in a way that the american people will agree to what ever it takes to get in office and twist the citizens minds to get done his agenda and not the agenda of the people . Its wrong to even bring your religious into the bussiness of government. If it where done any other way than people would not feel sorry for him.

    January 5, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    I AGREE Tcr c2 .AND TO THE HOLIER THAN THOU FOLKS ,GO IN THE VOTING BOOTH AND VOTE FOR GOD. HE WILL BE IN CONTROLL OF THE BREAD LINE AND PAY YOUR BILLS.GOOD LUCK WITH THAT, AND LET ME KNOW, HOWS THAT WORKIN FOR YOU

    January 5, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. kerryb

    Basically Romney wants to push Socialist medicine the same as Obama and his group of Socialists, and All the major networks will start a smear campaign against Santorum CNN included, Even the Media doesnt Have the Balls to speak the truth anymore! Obama and his group of Socialist Muslims are scared of Santorum and Cnn all the media will help push their propaganda!!

    January 5, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. frothy the snow man

    So it sounds like they took turns on top. Thats how that whole nasty Santorum story got started .I guess they make a lovely couple.

    January 5, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ellen

    How come mainstream media always ignores Ron Paul your not being fair and balanced people!!

    January 7, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Joey Isotta Fraschini

    I've never been to Iowa, but I have coked some things like pizza that they sell at that restaurant.

    January 7, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. NudeTruth

    Both of these obama clones should just drop out.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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