In the first presidential primary of the year, Mitt Romney has won the Iowa Caucus by only eight votes, narrowly edging out Rick Santorum. Ron Paul was a close third place. The results are expected to propel all three candidates into the next primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina …
The Iowa caucuses did not deliver a clean answer to what type of candidate Republicans intend to rally behind to try to defeat President Obama and win back the White House. With 99 percent of the vote counted, Mr.Santorum and Mr. Romney, whose views represent the polar sides of theparty, each had 24.6 percent.
“On to New Hampshire, let’s get that job done!” Mr. Romney toldsupporters at a late-night rally, when he was five votes shy of Mr.Santorum. “Come visit us there, we’ve got some work ahead.”
The last time the Iowa caucuses produced such a close outcome was in1980, when George Bush beat Ronald Reagan by two percentage points.
Representative Ron Paul of Texas was a close third on Tuesday with 21 percent of the caucus votes.
“We will go on,” he said in an upbeat speech. “There is nothing to be ashamed of.”