|Mitt Romney waves at those eight voters in the hall|
However, he got only a quarter of the vote, which can also be read that three-quarters rejected him. 122,255 eager voters braved the elements to cast votes for delegates who are not mandated to vote in the convention for their man. Mitt might have a load flip-floppers do deal with now. He got 30,015 closely followed by Rick Santorum's pack of 30,007. Nail-bitingly close. Ron Paul's vote was 26,219 which was a respectable 21% in a such a tight contest.
Full result was -
Mitt Romney 30,015 votes (25%)
Rick Santorum 30,007 votes (25%)
Ron Paul 26,219 votes (21%)
Newt Gingrich 16,251 votes (13%)
Rick Perry 12,604 votes (10%)
Michele Bachmann 6,073 votes (5%)
Jon Huntsman 745 votes (1%)
The Iowa vote may be a case of the bottom candidate bows out, but I think that if they all stick around we may get a few surprises on the campaign trail with regard to results. However, Mitt Romney won and he deserves to smile a bit. He must have felt a bit like a pork butcher at a bar mitzvah by going to Iowa. Must have been those sausages he had on offer.