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Romney Outpolls Santorum by Eight Votes in Iowa’s Caucuses

The opening contest in the Republican presidential race ended in a near tie between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, complicating the party’s attempt to anoint a consensus candidate as the quest for the nomination moves to New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and business executive, defeated Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, by just eight votes out of more than 122,000 cast in yesterday’s Iowa caucuses, state Republican Party chairman Matt Strawn announced early today. Romney received 30,015 votes to 30,007 for Santorum, giving each a little less than 25 percent of the vote.