DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the “caucus” in Iowa, the traditional start of the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. president in November 2012. He beat eight votes his rival, former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, said Wednesday the party chairman in Iowa.
A few hours after the caucus, the party chairman Matt Strawn said that Romney had obtained 30,015 votes against 30,007 for Santorum.
Building the “caucus” in Iowa is traditionally used to clear up the ranks in the range of often overcrowded nomination. Only three or four candidates are doing well enough in general, both in votes and money to continue the race in the primaries.
In 2008, Romney had come second in Iowa behind former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister popular with evangelicals, who were wary of the devil much like the Mormon Romney. But it was ultimately the Arizona senator John McCain who won the party’s nomination.
This year in Iowa, conservatives on social issues, voters weight in the “caucus” have failed to come together: their votes were divided between Santorum, Gingrich, Perry and Bachmann.