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Mitt Romney ekes out 8-vote win over Rick Santorum in Iowa

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  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    Jan. 3, 2012 8:01 p.m.

    The real news is that Gingrich is in 4th and Perry is in 5th. Paul and Santorum have no staying power.

    The result:

    Mitt Romney will be the 2012 Republican nominee.

  • Rapunzelthebrave HELOTES, TX
    Jan. 3, 2012 10:32 p.m.

    Actually, the real news is that Paul - the only guy in the field with a consistent record of upholding the Constitution - got almost as much of the state's caucus support as Romney. That says something. There is hope for America.

  • David King Layton, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 10:32 p.m.

    The big stats from the night that no one will be talking about. Ron Paul did best among independents, the young, and those attending their first caucus. The Republican party claims it wants to grow, and then ostracizes the one candidate who actually brings people to the party. To reject Ron Paul and his supporters is a mistake by the GOP establishment and it will have long term consequences.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 10:50 p.m.

    @David King

    Who said anything about rejecting Ron Paul or his supporters. I seriously doubt Ron Paul or his supporters are going to do anything that will purposely get Obama re-elected.

  • David King Layton, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 11:19 p.m.

    @1994
    "Who said anything about rejecting Ron Paul"

    Michele Bachmann has called him extremely dangerous. Newt Gingrich said he wouldn't vote for him even as the nominee against Barack Obama. Pundits like Limbaugh and Hannity have tried to paint him as fringe and racist. Just take a look at a lot of the comments on here from conservatives and Republicans. They deride him as "kooky", "crazy", "dangerous", and the like. All I'm saying is if Mitt Romney is the nominee (most people would say that is likely) and wants to win the general election, he needs to consider extending some sort of olive branch to Ron Paul and his supporters, who make up an important part of the Republican electorate. I'm not saying he has to make him his VP choice or anything, just that he makes sure there is still room for Ron Paul and the people who like him in the Republican party, or it will get smaller.

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    Jan. 4, 2012 1:05 a.m.

    We'll gladly take this W and then blitz the competition in New Hampshire.

    Mitt 2012.

  • ER in EUR Belgrade, Serbia
    Jan. 4, 2012 2:01 a.m.

    There is no need to paint Paul as a Kook.

    He does it enough by himself. The article stated his campaign was touting the legalization of marijuana. He sent out newsletters mentioning something about letting Iran have nukes and not caring if the Iranians nuked Israel. He allowed his name to be linked with some very real and over the top rasist comments. This, with a lot of blather about ideas that not only have no traction with mainstream voters (abolish the IRS and the Fed), but also have very little basis in reality. We need people like Paul to make us think out of the box, but don't anybody think that he is for real or that he can run a country or even be elected as President. C'mon, most of his bills don't even make it out of committee because they are so out in left field.

    I am not saying Ron Paul is useless, I am saying he does not represent enough of the people to get elected. He has great intellect (Duke University School of Medicine) but he does not have good judgment.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    Jan. 4, 2012 2:01 a.m.

    I hardly think 8 votes consitute a resounding win, more like a tie. If this had been an election and not a caucus there would be a recount ordered.

    Maybe Jom Humtsman was the smart one to stay out of Iowa.

  • Semper Fidelis Apo, AP
    Jan. 4, 2012 5:06 a.m.

    I foresee Santorum picking up the votes from Perry and Bachman in the near future and emerging as the front-runner. I don't see him, however as capable of beating Obama.
    I believe the only candidates who would be able to beat Obama are Gingrich and Romney with Romney being the more likely of the two.
    Santorum will run a Huckabee-like campaign that will cater to the Evangelical vote, but little else.

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Unfortunately my Illinois vote will be pretty much washed out by the huge Obama support here.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 4, 2012 6:32 a.m.

    6 years on the road, millions invested in his campaign, and Romney gets less votes in Iowa than last time, winning only by 8 votes. I am sure Romney is looking forward to being done with Iowa and moving on to more friendly states. I just worry that Romney is not going to try to our "right" Santorum.

    The other issue Romney has is his core strong support group coming out of the exit polls was white voters over 64 and that make over 100k a year. Demographically this is not a big enough group to carry him all the way through. Romney did poorly in the under 40 crowd, and once again this is the group that will swing the general elections. After 6 years of running for president, it is hard to see he will be able to change his brand significantly to attach this group.

    On to New Hampshire.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Jan. 4, 2012 6:35 a.m.

    SLMG - nobody said it was a "resounding" win. Facts are facts. Romney got the "W" in Iowa.

    As for Huntsman - time will tell how smart he is.

  • tyndale1 Pullman, WA
    Jan. 4, 2012 6:52 a.m.

    Romney is the one candidate that has the best chance at putting America back on it's feet. Romney is the one candidate the White House is afraid of. He is the one with the best chance at moving Obama. We cannot afford to gamble on others. We need to take back the White House, and Romney can do it. He is organized, he is smart, and he has what it takes.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 4, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    There is real hope and optimism in America again, very much like when President Reagan took us our contry back from the Carter debacle. Time for hope and change is here! Americans will elect leaders who will; stop the failure of the European style of redistribution of wealth, stop the over regulation and of businesses and industry forcing jobs to move over seas, stop the illegal take over of our healthcare, stop activist judges from legislating from their benches, stop the government's out of control spending, stop the assualt on the second amendment, stop insulting our allies and kissing the backsides of our sworn enemies, stop the expansion of government in our lives and reinstate self reliance, hard work and accountability! God bless this great nation! There is hope again!

  • Kathy. Iowa, Iowa
    Jan. 4, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    In our caucus we had people that registered last night as a Republican that voted for Obama last time by there own comments to me personally. One guy in particular heckled me as I spoke for Mitt Romney. He was wearing a Paul sticker.
    We had quite a few that registered just for this caucus that as Democrats can do that when they don't have a caucus themselves.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    Being known to Iowans for 6 years, his second time around, and being the perceived front-runner for years now, and all that got Mitt Romney was the exact same percentage of votes (25%) it did in 2008, and actually a few less votes overall.

    The same people who voted for Mitt 4 years ago, did so last night. While the other 75% of REPUBLICANS voted for anyone else.

    That is a weak front runner.

    Yet, Romney is the only person with a fighting shot at Obama.

    And knowing that, it will be interesting to see what true Republicans do.

    Stick by your guns, your morals, your Tea-Party roots, and elect someone like Santorum, who stands a 0% chance in the General, but at least you stand behind your guy. Or cave and elect the guy who was as much a Democrat as as someone like Jim Mattheson, whom you all hate.

    Very interesting to see how this plays out.

  • The_Kaiser Holladay, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    Ron Paul is gaining momentum. People are realizing his ideas aren't crazy, but Constitutional.

    As the most consistent politician, Ron Paul could help stop the indecencies that our Constitution is going through.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    Gosh, we read that Romney would come out the clear winner in Iowa. 8 vote lead? Clear winner?
    Best to stay humble, Mitt.
    Perhaps history will record another candidate surging ahead of Romney to win the Presidency again this time around.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 8:42 a.m.

    Mitt Romney is hilarious. He offers nothing of substance or value to the regular American person.
    He tosses around phrases like " I believe in America" and other pap.

    He is the Kim Kardashian of politics. He looks good, but does nothing of note, and offers nothing of any societal value.

    I saw an empty limousine pull up, and Mitt Romney got out.

  • Kathy. Iowa, Iowa
    Jan. 4, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    24 years in Congress and only 1 bill authored by Ron Paul has been passed.

    I personally expect more leadership for 24 years.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    I wonder why the LDS are such staunch supporters of the GOP.
    Their values sync up much better the the Democrats.

    I know that I'm not rich enough or inane enough to vote for a
    Republican who does nothing but criticizm without ever offering up any solutions.

    All we get are canned phrases from that robot.

    God help us Americans if a Republican, especially Romney, gets elected.

  • FDRfan safety dictates, ID
    Jan. 4, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    All of my voting life I never felt that my vote counted. But I had a dream that my vote decided the election in 2012. Iâve take the necessary measures to assure that this dream will come trueâ so candidates had better take notes. I like both the sweater vests and Romneyâs pants and I eagerly anticipate their debut on the clothing racks at DI and Goodwill. Romney needs to understand, and I sometimes think he does, that opportunity without grace is really no opportunity at all. Santorum needs to understand the dual nature of the soul and that the rights of the rape victim and children of a mother whose life could be saved by an abortion, are at least as important as the fetus that may not be a life yet. Obama needs to understand that effortlessly living off the government (labors of others) is not too far above slavery. You cannot buy my vote for money printed by the Federal Reserve, but I may consider Ron Paulâs gold backed dollars.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    After listening to each of the candidates give their speeches last night, I learned quite a bit about each one as they not only spoke but you could see their body language. Some had a body language and their voice also that showed me that in their stressful moments last night, that they might not be the best for our country, if we have choices. Some were far from poker face as they talked about the other candidates with disdain showing in their demeanor. This is politics not the back room with the bad guys beating up a person that expressed different views. This is a vetting process where we want to know all that the person can do or maybe can't do as they will be potentially leading our country. In the 1800s people found out about candidates good and bad, even with the slow press methods. When the telegraph, Pony Express, mail, intercontinental trains, and eventually the phone allowed faster news, it may have been overcome by events. Votes were probably wasted as people didn't know who the winner was until way after, especially with the electoral college process. We live in a great time for knowing candidates

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Jan. 4, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    FDRfan - good and open minded comments. I like it.

  • Kimber Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    Those who are happy about Romney probably getting the Republican nomination I will be a good sport and tell you to enjoy it while it lasts! I say this because you probably know in your heart that this success will not go all the way.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    As usual, the Democrats and the Independents/Liberals waste their time denouncing Republicans. Their worst fear is that Romney will win the Republican nomination. They know that Mr. Obama, who has had no business experience, will be shown for the inexperienced financial bumpkin that he is - so, instead of trying to make us believe that Mr. Obama is good for the country, they act like bullies on the playground and hurl insults against Romney.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Wow. 8 votes.

    This is with, Republicans.

    I wonder how Mitt Romney will fair to win over Independants and Democrats?

    *'Mitt Romney as job creator clashes with Bain record of job cuts' - By Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg News - Published by DSNews - 07/20/11

    'Employees who lost jobs at Bain-controlled companies more than a decade ago say they still hold Romney responsible.
    "I would not vote for him for anything," said Phyllis Detro, 68, who lost her job...'

    I look foward to 2012.

    Obama 2012.

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    Rick Santorum has the weakest resume out there, similar to Obama. Their only experience is Washington politics. The group America says they want to replace.

    Rick Perry, Jon Hunstman and Mitt Romney have super resumes each leading billion dollar budgets and thousands of employees.

    While Gingrich, Paul, and Bachmann have strong resumes as politicians/entrepreneurs.

    I can't see Santorum winning this in the long run.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    If anyone looked at the rules for the Iowa caucus, they would immediately see that anyone can vote in the Republican caucus:

    "Participants in each party's caucuses must be registered with that party. Participants can change their registration at the caucus location. Additionally, 17-year-olds can participate, as long as they will be 18 years old by the date of the general election."

    Don't think for a moment, with Mr. Obama running unopposed in the Democrat caucus, that many "Republican" voters were anything but Republican.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    Re: Pagan | 10:01 a.m. Jan. 4, 2012
    "Wow. 8 votes."

    An 8 vote margin is all it would take to be elected US President. With Obamacare, the economy and the Operation Fast and Furious scandal lurking in the wings Obama is going to be a one term president.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    There is hope that America will return to the principles that made it prosper and Romney did it all without teleprompters. He represents change we can believe in. Thanks Iowa.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    Jan. 4, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    Rifleman | 10:56 a.m. Jan. 4, 2012
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    In a real election instead of a caucus, 8 votes would mean an automatic vote recount in most states.

    This is not anything to write home about it is more like a tie.

    I believe it is a bit early in the silly season of the primary elections to celebrate any Republican candidates chance as the candidate to win the nomination. After all Iowa is a caucus vote not the primary election.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    'There is hope that America will return to the principles that made it prosper...' - Owl | 10:59 a.m. Jan. 4, 2012

    Reply facts:

    *'Bush signs $700 billion bailout bill' - AP - Published by Denver Post - By Tom Raum - 10/03/08

    "The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.' - George W. Bush - Ohio Speech 10/7/2002

    Romney:

    *'GOP contenders argue on Iran' - By Kasie Hunt - AP - Published by DSNews - 11/12/11

    "If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon," vowed the former Massachusetts governor.'

    Yeah.

    That's 'great'.

    *'U.S. Military deaths in Iraq war at 4,485 - AP - Published by the DSNews - 12/20/2011

    Still waiting on that tax info Rifleman | 10:56 a.m.

    *'Romney opens up a bit more to media scrutiny' - By Charles Babington - AP - Published by DSNews - 12/07/11

    'Numerous Romney supporters had expressed concern over reports of him dodging reporters.'

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    Re: SLMG | 12:29 p.m. Jan. 4, 2012
    "In a real election instead of a caucus, 8 votes would mean an automatic vote recount in most states"

    Yes, you are correct. In a real election instead of a caucus, AFTER the recount(s), an 8 vote margin is all it would take to be elected US President.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 1:11 p.m.

    As I listened to Governor Romney last night, he mentioned this time he only had 5 staff personnel compared to 52 in 2007-8. Senator Santorum was wooed by the evangelicals and with Perry and Bachman out, that will leave even more for the Pennsylvanian as he moves to South Carolina and New Hampshire without very much of an organization. I guess with Newt Gingrich's advertising he started with the Anti-Romney newspaper in New Hampshire that he is ready to go from the hip. I wonder if Senator Santorum really wants Newt's help.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    @Rifleman: The economy? The economy is moving up, up, up. How can people criticize Obama on that?

    Obamacare I could see being a point of debate, but Romney has no room to speak against it as it closely mirrors his own ideas.

    Operation Fast & Furious? Yeah, that faded from the scene about as quickly as Vin Diesel's similarly titled movies.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    Gingrich basically started writing Obama's political advertising yesterday when he proclaimed that Romney would preside over America's economic decay. What a horrible and shameful attack that will only serve to sabotage the Republicans if Romney wins the nomination. Gingrich was my second choice, but he needs to man up and respond professionally to the challenges rather than hurl such personal and destructive bombs.

    And for all Gingrich's whining about dishonest attacks, he's no more truthful in his current invective against Romney. I guess we're now seeing Gingrich's politics of destruction that has turned so many Republicans, not to mention Democrats, against him.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Jan. 4, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    Bachman: Nice, has fairly conservative ideas but has no real leadership experience.

    Huntsman: Republican-light. Verrry light. He panders incessantly to liberals. Ashamed of his religion.

    Perry: not the best communicator (though getting better) but has goofy ideas (like that it's OK for ILLEGAL aliens to pay less college tuition than legal citizens....talk about pandering to your constituents).

    Ron Paul: admirable with his strict adherence to the Constitution but is simply unelectable because of his stance on letting Iran getting nukes. Sheer madness.

    Gingrich: One angry man. TWO-time adulterer. Accepted over $1.5M from a failed, government-backed business that robbed American citizens of untold BILLIONS of private wealth by NOT standing up and saying "This is stupid!" (There's NO way he REALLY said this because if he had, he would have immediately flooded the media with e-mail trails, letters, proof of that). Invented scorched-earth politics but whines when others tell the truth about him. Called Romney a liar for simply telling the truth. Wants the rules changed for him (Virginia lawsuit to get on the ballot). Not good.

    Santorum: quite frankly, I don't know enough about him. Yet.

    For now: Romney 2012

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    Gingrich will eat himself and is so far to the right that he will now be on the left to help defeat any Republican. He just as well have a IED attached to himself as he is so visceral. He is definitely the torch bearer for this present administration as he has gone overboard and in waiting for the past 5 months at Tiffany's. Moral problems lead to decay in mind and spirit.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 4, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    If Obama can't fix the economy, what makes anybody think a republican can? He inherited such a big overwhelming mess three years ago, and it's impossible to fix.

    Look and compare their school transcripts and you see Obama is much smarter than Mitt, with more business experience in the private sector. If we gave both an IQ test, Mitt would be blown away.

    We need another four years of BO.

  • crunchem Cedar City, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    what transcripts?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 4, 2012 11:28 p.m.

    the one from his schools. Hasn't he provided them?