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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 4 2012 7:27 a.m. MST

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CaliforniaCougar
Lake Elsinore, CA

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

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

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

@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

@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

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

Mitt 2012.

ER in EUR
Belgrade, Serbia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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