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Romney ekes out 8-vote win

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

In a vote that came down to the wire, former Massachusetts Governor and Des Moines Register Poll front runner Mitt Romney came out with an eight vote win over former Senator Rick Santorum.

The vote ended at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after the last precinct in Clinton had reported their totals. Both Romney and Santorum had 25% of caucus goer's votes. Romney received 3,015 votes and Santorum got 3,007.

Not too far behind Romney and Santorum was Ron Paul, who received 21% of the vote, Newt Gingrich received 13% and Rick Perry got 10%.

 
Rounding out the bottom of the caucus results was Michele Bachmann and John Huntsman. Huntsman didn't spend any time in the state and opted to focus on New Hampshire.

Bachmann, coming off a 99 county tour, said she is determined to stay in the race even though she had such bad poll numbers.

Bachmann received 5% of the vote while Huntsmann got 1%.

With a disappointing fifth place finish, Perry said he is heading back to Texas to reassess his campaign. 

Now that the Iowa caucuses are over, the candidates are setting their sites on New Hampshire.  Next Tuesday will be that state's turn to be in the national spotlight when they hold their primary.  The candidates will have one more chance to face off before that happens during a debate this Saturday. ABC will hold the debate in Manchester, New Hampshire at 8 p.m.

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