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New count shows Santorum with the most caucus votes

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According to the certified results from the Republican Party of Iowa, Rick Santorum had the most votes in the Iowa caucus.

Results released in the early hours of Jan. 4, showed Mitt Romney the winner by eight votes. The party then had 14 days to certify the results. The final totals released Thursday show Rick Santorum with a 34 vote advantage.

GOP officials were only able to certify results from 1,766 precincts, meaning results from eight precincts are still missing and party officials say they may never be recovered. 

"Just as I did in the early morning hours on January 4, I congratulate Senator Santorum and Governor Romney on a hard-fought effort during the closest contest in caucus history," Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn, said in a written statement. "Our goal throughout the certification process was to most accurately reflect and report how Iowans voted the evening of January 3. We understand the importance to the candidates involved, but as Iowans, we understand the responsibility we have as temporary caretakers of the Iowa caucuses."

The Iowa Republican Party says a record 121,503 Iowans participated in the caucus.

2012 Iowa Republican Caucus Certified vote totals (1766/1774 precincts certified)

Rick Santorum 29,839

Mitt Romney 29,805

Ron Paul 26,036

Newt Gingrich 16,163

Rick Perry 12,557

Michele Bachmann 6,046

Jon Huntsman 739

No Preference 147

Other 86

Herman Cain 45

Sarah Palin 23

Buddy Roemer 17

Total (1766/1774) 121,503

Full, certified vote totals per precinct are available online at www.iowagop.org.

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