The Iowa caucuses — the first contest of the 2012 presidential nominating season — were held Tuesday night. President Obama was unopposed, but Democrats met in caucuses across the state for what was essentially a pep rally.
Like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2008, Rick Santorum pulled off a late surge in Iowa with an appeal to social conservatives. Huckabee came in third in New Hampshire, then faded. Can Santorum avoid the same fate?
Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has been considered a front-runner in the 2012 presidential race since before the campaign began. The Iowa caucuses presented the first real contest of the campaign, and Romney came out the victor. He won by eight votes.
In recent weeks a lot of polls and pundits said the Iowa caucuses might be too close to call. But nobody imagined just how close things would turn out Tuesday night in the first voting of the 2012 presidential nominating season. Mitt Romney was declared the winner by just eight votes. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum came in second.
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