• Rick Santorum Might Have Been True Winner of Meaningless Caucus

    Okay, so you think you know that Mitt Romney beat Rick Santorum by a mere nine votes in the Iowa caucuses two weeks ago. But what if it turns out that you only think that you think that. What if, in reality, what you think you think is only something that you think you know?

    What am I saying? I'm not sure. But I think that I'm saying that Rick Santorum might maybe have been the real winner of the Iowa caucuses

    The caucus night results were based on phone calls into the state party. But officials also filled out written records of the vote totals, which they had two weeks to mail into the state party. It is based on those documents — not the phone calls — that the results are certified.

    The Iowa GOP told CBS News Political Hotsheet Tuesday that the deadline for those written records is tomorrow. A spokesperson said the party expects to make a final announcement of the certified results by the end of the week — most likely on Friday.

    Don't be surprised if the certified results don't match the caucus night vote count. As [Byron York of the Washington Examiner] notes, 2008 Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee ended up with 113 more votes in the certified results than he did in the initial results; runner-up Romney ended up with 72 more votes in the certified results. Santorum would only need a net gain of nine votes over Romney to be declared the real winner of this year's contest; an unnamed campaign source told York that Santorum was up 80 votes as of midday Monday.

    Wouldn't it be totally crazy if it turned out that the true winner of Iowa's non-binding caucus in which no delegates are awarded and no one actually wins anything turns out to be the person who we didn't think it was to begin with?

    It would literally change everything!

    Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Iowa, Iowa Caucus, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum

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