Rick Santorum was the big winner in every respect.
With all the campaign funding and own personal wealth to bear, Romney could only manage to win by 8 measely votes. Rick Sanotorum plowed ahead with his family in tow pulling a trailer around the state going door to door, campaigning the good old hard way, and just barely lost. He’s the big winner of the day.
Romney ekes out 8-vote win over Santorum in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney eked out a minuscule 8-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses, the state party chairman said early Wednesday, ringing down the curtain on an improbable first act in the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in the fall.
Appearing hours after the caucuses had ended, Matt Strawn said Romney had 30,015 votes, to 30,007 for Santorum, whose late surge carried him to a near win.
Even before his victory was announced, Romney looked past his GOP rivals and took aim at Obama. “The gap between his promises four years ago and his performance is as great as anything I’ve ever seen in my life,” he told supporters in Iowa’s capital city.
“Game on,” declared Santorum, jaw set, after easily outdistancing several other contenders to emerge as Romney’s unvarnished conservative rival for the primaries yet ahead.