Whoops. Rick Santorum won Iowa with 34 votes. Maybe.

You know that caucus victory that Mitt Romney pulled out by eight votes earlier this month? Never happened. From Jennifer Jacobs and the Des Moines Register:

There are too many holes in the certified totals from the Iowa caucuses to know for certain who won, but Rick Santorum wound up with a 34-vote advantage.

Results from eight precincts are missing — any of which could hold an advantage for Mitt Romney — and will never be recovered and certified, Republican Party of Iowa officials [said] Wednesday.

GOP officials discovered inaccuracies in 131 precincts, although not all the changes affected the two leaders. Changes in one precinct alone shifted the vote by 50 — a margin greater than the certified tally.

The certified numbers: 29,839 for Santorum and 29,805 for Romney. The turnout: 121,503.
It’s not a surprise that the ultra-thin gap of eight votes on caucus night didn’t hold up, but it’s tough to swallow the fact that there will always be a question mark hanging over this race, politics insiders said.

Not good for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation reputation, nor for a political party that has lately put so much emphasis on voter security.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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15 comments Add your comment

honested

January 19th, 2012
8:20 am

Great news.

Of course this would make santorum absolutely no closer to winning the nomination for second place in November.

Mark

January 19th, 2012
8:34 am

I always believed he actually won in the first place, but it appeared the Media was intent on hyping Mitt.

jconservative

January 19th, 2012
8:39 am

So the Iowa party faithful cannot even count votes.

I guess the Iowa Test of Basic Skills does not include adding numbers.

Just a taxpayer

January 19th, 2012
8:43 am

Where is Dick Cheney when the republican party needs him most. To do a recount in Iowa.

Jon

January 19th, 2012
8:45 am

Even with a win, Santorum was never going to hold up anywhere else.

If Romney wins SC, it’s over.
If Newt wins SC, the ride will continue.

Can we push Iowa to the back of the line now?

Out by the Pond

January 19th, 2012
8:50 am

Voter fraud! Voter fraud! Is there any blacks or Hispanics standing around we can blame this on? Oh it was the Liberal Media or are the missing ballots the result of secret death panels?

Danny O

January 19th, 2012
8:59 am

All hail Iowa, the first state in the nation to miscalculate 2012 election results.

Toes the Line

January 19th, 2012
9:05 am

@Out by Pond – simple explation – they used the Florida vote-counting team. That’s why we were left hanging so long…

Bootnewt

January 19th, 2012
9:23 am

Somehow, “dangling chads” and “Santorum” in the same sentence is down-right nauseating!

Cutty

January 19th, 2012
9:24 am

Chicago politi…………………Oh, no this is Iowa!

DannyX

January 19th, 2012
9:24 am

Current and former world leaders from around the the world sent Romney letters of congratulations on his win/tie/loss in Iowa.

“Well played.”— From Vladimir Putin

“This is how I got my start, you really are the next me.”— From George W Bush

“Enhorabuena! comrade”— Fidel Castro

“Not bad for an American PIG” — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

That took major huevos”— Hugo Chavez

“My Father would have liked you”— Kim Jong-Un

DannyX

January 19th, 2012
10:24 am

Centrist, could you please check-in so we know you are alright.

We’re getting worried.

Tom

January 19th, 2012
11:05 am

So Santorum finished on top….which, I’m sure, is the only position he and his wife have ever tried.

MissMollie

January 19th, 2012
7:05 pm

How can you calculate this if eight precincts are unaccounted for in the final count??? This is going to get really nasty in the land of the evangelicals/Christians who account for 60 percent of the voters. I am amazed that Newt is doing well here I will look forward to the debate tonight and the
interview with Newt’s second ex-wife….She gave an interview over two years ago to a national
publication …this should come as no surprise… Paul is a RINO, too controversial and too old.
Santorum has grand delusions. When the air clears I hope Romney is the winner. He and his family believe in Jesus Christ and that is good enough for me. Shalom. ..

HACK alert!!!

January 20th, 2012
6:36 am

As usual, NO MENTION OF RON PAUL in this article. He finished with the same amount of delegates…or at least he did two weeks ago before the ballots were taken to undisclosed locations!