Iowa: Romney, Santorum Seesawing in Narrow Vote

By: David Espo and Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press
By: David Espo and Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press

Des Moines, IA (AP) - Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney waged a seesaw battle for supremacy in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses late Tuesday night, a dramatic opening round for the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul ran third.

Returns from 98 percent of the state's precincts showed Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, and Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, in a near dead heat, a fitting conclusion to a race as jumbled as any since Iowa gained the lead-off position in presidential campaigns four decades ago.

Regardless of the outcome, there was room for both to claim victory - Romney as the man to beat for the party's nomination and Santorum as the leader among those struggling to emerge as the former governor's unvarnished conservative rival in the primaries yet to come.

"Game on," Santorum said, jaw clenched, in a late-night appearance before supporters in the Iowa capital city.

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  • by santorum=sanitarium Location: your brain on drugs on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:19 PM
    insane in the membrane, insane in the brain
  • by Obama Rocks 2012! Location: TallyDemocratLand on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    Mitt does have a descent chance to take the White House from Obama. He's young, witty, good looking, a family man, has wide appeal to GOP conservatives, soccer moms, tea party copy cats, independents, libratarians, some moderate democrats, and can snow the average joe on his economic, business and jobs policies. He's got the charm of Charlie Christ and Barack Obama, so for real, it will be a very close race just like Election 2000. Obama has my vote again, but we are in for wild ride. Too bad Americans are not educated enough to understand what got us in our economic mess and that it would have taken any President more than 4 years to get us out of it. Repulicans back in the White House will finish us off for good.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM in reply to Obama Rocks 2012!
      LOL!!! He's Obama lite and we don't need anymore of that. He flips flops and reminds me of a used car salesman. Enough of Bush's fault! Obama himself said he would be a one term president if things didn't improve. Hey Barry, follow through with your promise!!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM in reply to Obama Rocks 2012!
      Why would you vote for Obama? I have yet to hear a convincing reason. I didn't vote for him the first time and don't intend to this time, but I am open minded. How would you persuade someone to vote for Obama? I disagree with his economic policy, both those that have been enacted and those that he was unable to get through. I have no care what religion, what color and whether or not you like abortions. Those mean nothing to me. I want to know how you intend to stimulate the economy. An expanding economy benefits everyone from the poorest to the richest. Though, the rich are able to wade through a stalled market much better than the poor. Tell me what a candidate can do to get the economic equilibrium running again.
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      by Anon on Jan 4, 2012 at 03:33 PM in reply to Obama Rocks 2012!
      No. Obama Raps.
  • by Tony Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:40 AM
    If Jesus Christ was a republican, which i know he would never be, i could not vote for him untill he became a Democrat.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM in reply to Tony
      Put down the crack pipe.
  • by Doc Octopus on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:27 AM
    Bye bye Bachman and Perry. Gingrich is next.
  • by Rick Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:17 AM
    Obama, Obama, Obama!! 4 MORE YEARS!! I'll take Obama anyday over these tea party clowns. OBAMA FOR AMERICA 2012!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM in reply to Rick
      Are you inhaling duster? This country can't take four more year of the Kenyan Usurper.
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        by a on Jan 4, 2012 at 02:24 PM in reply to
        no, Rick must be black and he will vote for Obumma because he's black!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    No American with a sane mind and hope for this country would vote for Obama. Think for yourself before you file your ballot later this year. Obama was a poor choice for America, don't make the same mistake twice. Failure isn't an option so get him out! The worst economic policy since FDR.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:29 AM
    Go Santorum!!!
  • by no more OweBummer on Jan 4, 2012 at 04:35 AM
    I'll take anybody over the idiots that we have in Washington right now.
  • by Too Bad on Jan 4, 2012 at 04:08 AM
    The best man came in third. I hope Republicans aren't going to chose business-as-usual once again.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:11 AM in reply to Too Bad
      You mean the anti-semite racist nutjob? Yeah, he's the best man. LOL!!
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        by AGBull on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:42 AM in reply to
        Yeah, the only one that knows what the Constitution is about. The one that is fighting to keep our rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Have you forgotten about the NDAA? FED making billion dollars loans w/o approval? TSA violating rights? Yeah that crazy guy. I guess George Washington was crazy too. He said it would be to American's detriment if we entered into ANY long standing treaty with anyone. How's that NATO thing working? UN? Crazy just crazy.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:22 AM in reply to AGBull
          I applaud him on his Constitutional analysis and eliminating some agencies. I just can't get past his idea that 911 was out fault, he thinks Bradley Manning is a hero, think Iran is not a threat, and is anti-Israel. Besides, he's probably too old. I would take his son though!!
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          by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:22 AM in reply to AGBull
          If you believe in the Constitution then you will support protecting its citizens. That is not in Ron Paul's plan.
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