January 19th, 2012
07:50 AM ET

Final Iowa results show Santorum with 34-vote lead

[Updated at 11:09 a.m. ET] Rick Santorum finished the Iowa Republican caucuses 34 votes ahead of Mitt Romney, but results from several precincts are missing and the full actual results may never be known, according to a final certified tally released Thursday by the Iowa GOP.

The new numbers show 29,839 votes for Santorum and 29,805 votes for Romney, according to the party.

The initial returns from Iowa gave Romney a razor-thin 8-vote margin of victory over Santorum, reinforcing the former Massachusetts governor's frontrunner status and giving him a major momentum boost heading into the New Hampshire primaries. Romney went on to win New Hampshire easily, allegedly making him the first non-incumbent Republican in modern history to win the first two contests of the cycle.

Now history is being rewritten, casting a shadow over the first-in-the-nation caucuses and potentially shaking up the GOP race two days before the critical South Carolina primary.

News of the new results is "very exciting," Santorum campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN. "The narrative for a long time has been that Mitt Romney was 2-0. ... If these results are true and Rick is ahead by 34 votes, then that's not the narrative anymore. There have been two states, two different victors."

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Let's count these again?

    January 19, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Defcon

      If I understand correctly; the ballots from 'eight' Iowa precincts are 'missing'? How many people do the missing ballots represent?
      Hypothetically; had all the missing votes been cast in favor of Mr. Paul, what then of the outcome?

      January 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Sounds like Florida! Just wait til they get going here in the Sunshine state.

    January 19, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      Why even bother with an election anyway? The Supreme court and the ACLU rules us who ever is in leadership. Laws are made and these two enity's just over rule it.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    Obliviously this is important to someone, but I fail to see this so called vote count (some 60k votes) statistically insignificant at best.

    January 19, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Portland tony

      My bad... should read ....but I see this so called..........

      January 19, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      its Iowa. Only 1 million in the whole state but they do know how to read and write

      February 1, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. BobNAlabama

    This regressive right wingnut wants to tell you how to lead your life – by his moral standards! Iran needs him badly.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I guess it depends on which, if any, candidate you feel comfortable with, on who you believe here. Was it Romneys win at all costs campaign ? Or is the religious right stuffing the box after the fact in an attempt to influence the vote once again ?
    Another thing that makes you go Hmmmm.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. bigwilliestyles

    Eight precincts unaccounted for? How do you lose eight precincts of votes in modern day America? Are they still using hand written ballots stuffed in cardboard boxes? Can this republican thing get any dumber? Or are they committing the ballot fraud that they are always accusing democrats of (Acorn Right, anyone). All this, and Sarah Palin's phantom lawsuit, when we return to The Republican Clown Car Show; stick around.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sam

    Oh my God Lets all just vote for Obama. He can't be much worse than these group of mis-fits. R U kidding Newt!! Obama may do a better job if he was not fighting to get something done for America. They fight him tooth and nail on all subjects. The GOP seems to be afraid that he will succeed at something. No one is looking out for the average USA citizen. Everyonne seems to be more concerned about bringing in more illegals for us to care for.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. TORI©

    It is shocking that close to 30,000 people voted for Santorum.After he ran his mouth about his version of "Judeo Christian Sharia law,he should have been deported to the Middle East posthaste!

    January 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    You obviously do. You responded, fake.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. FROTHY THE THE SNOWMAN

    Oh good ,who with half a brain name's a child NEWT? Freakin lizard people? And Santorum there is only one way he gets elected ,and I won't mention how.

    January 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Suze

    What a stupid mistake! Sound like the Florida mess when George Bush Sr was selected by the Supreme Court. Why do we ever bother to have elections. They never get it right.

    January 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Scottish Mama

    The hangin' chad all over.

    January 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Scottish Mama

    Everyone will want democracy when they find out we cannot even count our votes right.lol Let's sell them to Iran.lol

    January 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ Scottish Mama:
    If USA citizens can't balance a checkbook without a calculator, how do you expect them to count every little vote and get it exactly right? It doesn't have to be exactly right to the last ballot or precinct.
    The election Workers should count the votes to the best of their ability, taking into account the damage done to them by Bush's educational system, then make an informed decision regarding the will of The People, erring, if necessary, on the side of good, right-thinking, progressive Change...oh, and Hope.
    The final decision regarding the number of votes for each candidate or proposition should be made after reading some randomly chosen but Guided Bible verses and prayer.
    Some union representatives should oversee each vote-counting session, along with representatives of ACORN or its current incarnation.

    January 20, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse | Reply

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