Iowa Caucus Results: Romney Wins, Santorum & Paul Close Behind

[ 0 ] January 4, 2012 |

Candidates next square off in New Hampshire Jan. 10; will Romney’s lead hold steady?

Mitt Romney was the big winner at the Iowa caucuses last night. The former Massachusetts governor won the first big primary race for the Republican presidential hopefuls – but only beat Rick Santorum by eight votes. Ron Paul placed a close third. Romney’s Iowa win puts him on good footing heading into the next big three primaries in Florida, New Hampshire and South Carolina, but he by no means is the presumed winner in those states just because he narrowly won in Iowa.

Newt Gingrich, who placed among the bottom three among all six candidates in Iowa, lobbed criticism at Romney for being a “timid Massachusetts moderate” who has no chance to beat President Obama in November, but exit polls showed Romney winning major support among voters most concerned with beating Obama in the general election. Gingrich says he’s still the one who is going to win the nomination. Rick Perry said he’s returning to Texas to decide whether he will continue in the race, while Michele Bachmann said Wednesday afternoon she would drop out of the race. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who didn’t campaign in Iowa, is hoping the “jumbled-up outcome” in Iowa will work to his advantage later.

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New Hampshire is the next big text for the Republican hopefuls. The primaries there are Jan. 10; a Suffolk University/7NEWS tracking poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters conducted Jan. 1-2 found Romney with 43 percent of the vote. Paul had 16 percent, Huntsman had 10 percent, Gingrich had 9 percent and Santorum had 5 percent support.

“Newt Gingrich is struggling to revive his campaign in New Hampshire,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. “But Rick Santorum now trails Gingrich by only 4 points, and if he surpasses Gingrich and knocks him into fifth place, it would be fatal for Gingrich.”

South Carolina holds its primary on Jan. 21, while the Florida primary is Jan. 31. Stay tuned to see which Republican candidate edges closer to winning their party’s nomination to run against Obama in November!

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