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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.

By DCDecoder / January 19, 2012

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.

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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:

Eric Fehrnstrom @EricFehrn

"No non-incumbent Republican has ever won BOTH Iowa and NH . . . until Romney."

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:

Neil King, WSJ @NKingofDC

"Real news flash from Iowa: 2012 Romney loses to 2008 Romney by 144 votes. Four years of work actually weakened his support in the heartland."

Ben Smith   @BuzzFeedBen

"There is a heads-I-win, tails-you-lose quality to the Iowa outcome that matches what people don't like about Mitt."

maggie haberman @maggiepolitico

The IA caucuses decision is worst for IA. For Santo, it's like getting named prom king ten years after graduation. Horse has left stable...

    

Jake Tapper @jaketapper

"no offense to the Iowa GOP but how does one "lose" the vote results from 8 precincts? are they in its other pair of pants?"

    

Matt Beynon @mattbeynon

"Romney sounds like the T-Ball coach who tells his team they're all winners even though they lost 3-2. Santorum won Iowa, period."

 

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