Thursday, January 19, 2012

No Official Winner of the Iowa GOP Caucus

Remember early this month when Mitt Romney was announced the GOP winner of the Iowa Caucus?  And remember early this month when it was announced that he beat Rick Santorum by 8 measly votes? Well... maybe not.

Almost immediately after the initial Romney victory, there were calls for recounts. Now it's been announced that the Iowa GOP kind of screwed the pooch when it came to certifying their Caucus votes. According to The Gazette, voting results from eight of Iowa's 1,774 are missing.  As a result, we have no clue who won the GOP Iowa Caucus:
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will be listed in Republican Party of Iowa records as the winner of the party’s 2012 precinct caucuses, but his 34-vote victory over GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney will be accompanied by an asterisk.

That’s because party officials said Thursday that results from eight of the 1,774 precincts were missing when they conducted the vote certification process, meaning they likely will never know what the final tallies were for the candidates who competed in the Jan. 3 balloting...

Romney, who left Iowa two weeks ago thinking he had outpolled Santorum with a tally of 30,015 votes to the ex-senator’s 30,007 among Iowa Republicans, issued a statement Thursday calling the party’s canvass results “a virtual tie.”
What a mess. People are already criticizing Iowa's "first in the nation" caucus process and now the Iowa GOP is making up look like a bunch of yokels with our missing ballots and unknown election results.

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