The Republican competition to see who will finally face off against Barack Obama experienced a notable development tonight when Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucus by the narrowest of margins over former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
Iowa’s Republican Chairman made the announcement shortly after 2:30 am EST that Mr. Romney managed to finish with a mere 8 vote lead over Mr. Santorum, resulting in what is certainly the closest Iowa caucus vote count in memory. Although Mr. Romney’s ultimate victory is impressive, the results are particularly remarkable for Mr. Santorum, who was polling near last place while running a shoestring campaign for all of the past year.
There are still two possible Republican presidential candidates who could emerge victorious in tonight’s Iowa caucuses: former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
While it’s still unclear who the eventual winner will be, the two candidates are running neck and neck with 25% of the vote each, it is abundantly clear who the winners aren’t.
Google’s new election center seems to be the place to follow tonight’s Republican presidential caucus in Iowa as close to real-time as possible, and to track future 2012 elections going forward as well.
The colorful map should make it easy to break down the votes even after they’ve been counted as Read More