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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Santorum Wins! (Iowa)

Posted by on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Remember how the national press kept fawning over Mitt Romney's historic sweep of both Iowa and New Hampshire, making him the first Republican to win both those two contests ever? Oops...

Rick Santorum’s campaign claimed a belated victory in the Iowa caucuses on Thursday morning after certified results from the contest showed him leading Mitt Romney by 34 votes, a reversal from the eight-vote edge for Mr. Romney on caucus night.

Of course he did. But since the only thing really up for grabs in the Iowa caucuses was the immediate perception of victory, Romney remains the real winner.

 

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Which states swing these days?
Posted by six shooter on January 19, 2012 at 1:27 PM · Report this
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Didn't Santorum make a whole lot of money after the Iowa Caucus? Isn't Santorum now able to spend a lot of money in the swing states? Doesn't poling high in swing states result in more money?

Aren't you guys always saying that money is all that matters in National elections?
Posted by six shooter on January 19, 2012 at 1:26 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 8
@ 6, just in case you believe a phrase like "But since the only thing really up for grabs in the Iowa caucuses was the immediate perception of victory..." is the same as "What matters is delegates." ... They're not. Sure, they both come from the common perception that the votes don't matter, but your glib conclusion is simply that - glib. Not perceptive, not witty, just glib.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 7
once the margin states have their ridiculous say, the money will land behind willard and it will all be over in FL.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM · Report this
Goldy 6
Fnarf @5, Huh? What part of "But since the only thing really up for grabs in the Iowa caucuses was the immediate perception of victory..." don't you understand?

Of course, there is no delegate count in Iowa. As I explained pre-caucus, all delegates are unbound at the county and congressional district levels, and the final slate isn't chosen until the state convention.
Posted by Goldy on January 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM · Report this
Fnarf 5
You seem to be under the impression that these so-called "votes" mean anything. They do not. What matters is delegates. What's the delegate count from Iowa now?
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on January 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM · Report this
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He'll grab some headlines while everyone else is quiet.
Posted by six shooter on January 19, 2012 at 9:25 AM · Report this
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ARBEIT MACHT FREI
Gingrich/Perry '12
Posted by Pol Pot on January 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Report this
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Damn. The Iowa caucus winner NEVER wins the candidacy, so I was really hoping it would stick for Romney. I can't believe Huntsman dropped out of the race already.
Posted by idaho on January 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM · Report this
treefort 1
It's interesting (and sketchy) that they managed to misplace the results from eight precincts. We'll never know who the winner actually was.

Also, wrong "to/two".
Posted by treefort on January 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM · Report this

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