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Turns Out Rick Santorum Won Iowa Caucus, Not Mitt Romney

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Remember that eight vote victory for Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucus? Take it off the books, because it turns out the official count shows Rick Santorum was actually the winner by 34 votes. But Santorum is not getting credit for the win.

Election officials in Iowa released the final voting on Thursday showing Santorum in the lead. But they stopped short of declaring him the winner; it seems votes are missing from eight precincts, so the race is basically being called a dead heat.

That is just fine with Romney, who issued a statement Thursday morning saying, "The results from Iowa caucus night revealed a virtual tie."

However USA Today reports that the Santorum campaign is not accepting that verdict, saying its candidate was the winner.

"We've had two early state contests with two winners, and the narrative that Governor Romney and the media have been touting of 'inevitability' has been destroyed," said Hogan Gidley, Santorum's communications director.

Romney had been the first-ever non-incumbent Republican to win both Iowa and New Hampshire. He's not anymore.