Early Twitter reaction to Rick Santorum win in Iowa

Rick Santorum takes Iowa by 34 votes, according to the official Iowa Republican Party results. Check out the Twitter reaction.

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    A margin of victory: Republican presidential candidateRick Santorum speaks in Greenville, South Carolina in this January 18, 2012. The Iowa Republican Party announced today that Santorum won the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses by 34 votes.
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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has won the Iowa caucuses.

Twitter blew up with the news that Santorum bested Romney by a mere 34 votes. Santorum received 29,839 votes, compared with 29,805 for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to the Iowa Republican Party's certified results. There is some controversy - votes cast at eight precincts were actually lost. However, election night reporting showed those districts favoring Santorum by several dozen votes and so they would, at least reportedly, increase Santorum’s margin of victory.

First, let’s blast back to this tweet from Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom calling the Iowa/New Hampshire results historic:

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Now, Romney’s language has changed to say that the results are a “virtual tie” - although Romney was only ahead by eight votes while Santorum is up by 34.

Now, on to the best of Twitter:

    

    

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