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Latest update : 2012-01-19

Republican Party officials in Iowa have proclaimed Rick Santorum the winner of the state's January 3 caucuses by a margin of 34 votes, two weeks after handing rival Mitt Romney the narrowest of victories.

REUTERS - Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum won the Jan. 3 Iowa Republican U.S. presidential caucuses by a razor-thin margin of 34 votes, according to certified results released on Thursday by the Iowa Republican Party.

US PRESIDENTIAL 2012

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney had been declared the winner on the night of the caucuses, but now falls to second place. Santorum received 29,839 votes, compared with 29,805 for Romney, according to the new figures.

Romney had previously been declared the winner by 8 votes. Santorum now ends up the winner after being almost an afterthought in the race just weeks before the Iowa contest.

The Iowa caucuses were the first contest in the state-by-state battle for the Republican presidential nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama on Nov. 6. The caucuses were a quirky contest in which voters in the Midwestern state cast ballots at hundreds of public meetings around the state.

After Iowa, Romney went on to win the Jan. 10 New Hampshire primary. The next contest is Saturday in South Carolina.

Date created : 2012-01-19

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