YET MORE ELECTION NEWS: Final Count Indicates Santorum May Have Squeaked by Romney in Iowa

So reports the Washington Post:

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Rick Santorum edged front-runner Mitt Romney by 34 votes in a surprise flip to the final results of the Iowa caucuses, Republican officials said Thursday, but no winner was declared because some votes remain missing in the event’s closest finish ever.

How do the votes from eight precincts just go missing? Wow, Iowa. You’ve got some incompetent officials over there.

At any rate, I think what we’re looking at here is a gentlemanly tie between Romney and Santorum. For my money, I think this is good. I want Santorum to stay in the race for a while. A lot of fiscal cons are running around complaining that we social cons are “ruining everything,” and I’m starting to resent the implication. If you believe – as I do – that there are four levels of government and that strength at the bottom – i.e., the individual, family, and community level – is what prevents government dependency, then you have to acknowledge that the social issues do matter, as they have a direct impact on our families and communities. Yes — the fiscal issues should dominate given the state of our economy. But let’s not forget how our conservative philosophy fits together.

In other news, it looks like Perry is dropping out and joining Newt’s campaign. Perry’s teeny-tiny share of the vote probably isn’t going to help Newt that much, but hey — I wish them both well on the campaign trail — and not because I support them necessarily, but because I also resent this notion that Mitt Romney’s nomination is “inevitable.” Screw you. Only two primaries have been held so far, and Romney won only one out of those two. I’m not going to concede until every vote is counted.

(Of course, if Romney does become our candidate, I’m still going to vote for him. I won’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good.)

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2 thoughts on “YET MORE ELECTION NEWS: Final Count Indicates Santorum May Have Squeaked by Romney in Iowa

  1. Perry actually has about a 7% vote stake nationally and Gingrich still has about a 15% vote stake nationally…if those two don't think they have enough votes…Gingrich has already been in touch with Santorum…the three of them together can beat Romney if they're smart enough to realize that they need an ideas man (Gingrich), a figurehead (Santorum), and a fundraiser (Perry) to beat Mitt.

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  2. Santorum is losing badly in debates, it seems. The last two in SC have knocked him completely out of the race.

    Rasmussen's latest polls suggest that Gingrich is now in front to win the state 33-31, with Paul a distant third at 15% and Santorum at 14%. This survey included Perry and “don't know” and Perry still had 5% of the vote in SC…which will probably go to Gingrich. So…yeah…Gingrich is still in play as well. And I don't think Santorum is…he continues to sound like a sanctimonious little twerp in live action despite generally being a likable guy in person. Eventually, Rick will have to join Gingrich's team and may get a spot on the ticket if it helps Newt defeat Romney.

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