1389 Blog had the story first: Rick Santorum actually WON the Iowa Caucus!

by 1389 on January 19, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), 2012 US Elections, Massachusetts

The Des Moines Register is trying to downplay the results with a headline claiming that the caucus count is “unresolved”, but in fact the statewide final results are in and have been certified. The results from eight precincts are missing and will never be certified. The remainder of the results have been officially counted, and Rick Santorum took the lead by 34 votes.

1389 Blog had the story first:

REGISTER EXCLUSIVE: 2012 GOP caucus count unresolved

TOTALS
Rick Santorum: 29,839
Mitt Romney: 29,805
Ron Paul: 26,036
Newt Gingrich: 16,163
Rick Perry: 12,557
Michele Bachmann: 6,046
Jon Huntsman: 739
Others: No preference, 147; Herman Cain, 45; Sarah Palin, 23; Buddy Roemer, 17; Fred Karger, 10; Gary Johnson, 8; Donald Trump, 5; Paul Ryan, 3; Condoleeza Rice, 2; Roy Moore, 2; Ben Lange, 2; Mike Huckabee, 2; Rudy Giuliani, 2; Tim Pawlenty, 2; Scott Walker, 1; John McCain, 1; Ralph Nader, 1; Pat Buchanan, 1; Robert D. Ray, 1; Jared Blankenship, 1.

THE EIGHT MISSING PRECINCTS
* Cerro Gordo County’s Mason City Ward 2, Precinct 3
* Emmet County’s Estherville Ward 2
* Franklin County’s Geneva-Reeve
* Lee County’s Fort Madison 4A
* Lee County’s Fort Madison 4B
* Lee County’s Franklin-Cedar-Marion
* Lee County’s Washington-Green Bay-Denmark
* Pocahontas County’s Center-South Roosevelt-North Lincoln

Much more here.

The upshot? Mitt Romney has already enjoyed a huge, undeserved, and artificial boost from having been prematurely declared the victor. If the media weren’t on Romney’s side, they would have emphasized that the caucus night vote totals were unofficial and that no victory can be declared until the votes are officially counted and certified.


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1 K aka Kel January 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

“WHOOT!!!!” go, r. Santorum!!!!!!!! 😉 🙂

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