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Iowa GOP: Caucuses a 'Split Decision'

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum received 34 votes more than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in this month's Iowa caucuses, state Republican officials reported Thursday. 

The party officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Des Moines Register that the final caucus count would remain unresolved because the results from eight precincts were mislaid and will never be certified. Any of those missing results could hold an advantage for Romney. 

The totals reported just after the Jan. 3 ballots had given Romney a narrow, eight-vote win over Santorum. It gave an early boost to Romney's bid for the Republican presidential nomination.