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Wait. Santorum Won Iowa?

By January 20, 2012

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Rick SantorumMove over Mitt. Rick Santorum is the real winner of the Iowa Republican caucuses.

The GOP in Iowa announced it has certified the results of its first-in-the-nation  Jan. 3 caucuses, and the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania appears to have squeaked out a win over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination and the guy who was initially thought to have won Iowa.

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Santorum described his 34-vote margin as a decisive victory. "This is a solid win. It's a much stronger win than the win Gov. Romney claimed to have,'' he told reporters.

The initial, uncertified results from Iowa showed Romney had won by just eight votes. But just to keep this in perspective, Santorum's margin of victory was a less than a tenth of 1 percent of the 121,503 ballots that were cast in the Iowa caucuses. Or, as Romney described it, "a virtual tie."

On we go to South Carolina, and the rest of the primaries.

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