Drudge calls it a 2-way photo finish:
Mitt 25% Rick 25%
Des Moines Register calls it a win for Mitt by 8 votes:
- Mitt Romney 24.6% (30,015 votes)
- Rick Santorum 24.5% (30,007 votes)
- Ron Paul 21.4% (26,219 votes)
- Newt Gingrich 13.3% (16,251 votes)
- Rick Perry 10.3% (12,604 votes)
- Michele Bachmann 5% (6,073 votes)
- Jon Huntsman 0.6% (745 votes)
- No preference 0.1% (135 votes)
- Other 0.1% (117 votes)
- Herman Cain 0% (58 votes)
But Rush Limbaugh has it right: Rick Santorum is the winner, unexpectedly coming from behind to make an impressive surge in the last few days of the campaign.
Perry is making noises he’s
reassessing quitting the race. So is Bachmann.
Newt blames his poor Iowa showing to Mitt’s attacks ads, then goes on the attack himself against Mitt and vows to carry on his campaign to New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida — but not Virginia because Newt’s campaign somehow neglected to register to be on the ballot in VA.
2008 loser John McCain to endorse Mitt Romney today, thereby confirming that Mitt really is the GOP establishment favorite. McCain is the leader of the Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee that approved SB 1867, with its detention without trial of U.S. citizens (Sec. 1031). That bill was signed by Obama on the last day of 2011 and is now law, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.
Given that, McCain’s endorsement of Romney is the kiss of death for me.