Iowa Republican Caucus a Virtual Tie for Romney and Santorum

The Republican nomination process to choose a candidate to run against President Barack Obama began with a virtual tie in the Iowa caucus.

The race was originally called in favor of former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, by a margin of only 8 votes.

On January 19, Iowa Republican Party officials announced that on further count, former US Senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, had received 34 more votes than Romney.

Officials were cautious to declare Santorum the winner, as votes from two districts were unable to be found.

The final, official voting counts were:
Rick Santorum 29,839
Mitt Romney 29,805
Ron Paul 26,036
Newt Gingrich 16,163
Rick Perry 12,557
Michele Bachmann 6,046
Jon Huntsman 739
No Preference 147
Herman Cain 45
Other 40