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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-04-12 12:05 AM
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Iowa caucus results: Deadlock looks unlikely to provide clarity
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Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Iowa caucus results, with most of the votes counted, show Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in a dead heat. If the caucus results hold, the importance of the South Carolina primary will grow.


With 92 percent of the votes tallied from the Iowa Republican caucuses, two candidates from different wings of the party were locked in a near-tie moderate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and conservative former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania each had 24.7 percent. Only 13 votes separated the two.

Network television was projecting the libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul of Texas to finish third, with 21.1 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is in fourth with 13.3 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is fifth with 10.3 percent. Rep. Michele Bachmann is sixth with 5.1 percent.

If the close finish for the top two spots holds, that means the Republican nomination race leaves Iowa with an air of indecision. Next up is the New Hampshire primary on Jan. 10, where Mr. Romney is expected to win easily. But his status as a favorite son there could diminish the meaning of such a victory.

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