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Iowa GOP chairman Strawn resigns

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The chairman of Iowa's Republican Party says he is stepping down following criticism of the Jan. 3, caucus vote count.

Chairman Matt Strawn released a written statement and YouTube video announcing his resignation on Tuesday. Strawn said in the video the Iowa GOP is stronger than it was four years ago and highlighted what he considered successes from the past few years.

Strawn was criticized when the close caucus race stretched into the late night hours with missing precinct results. Strawn finally declared Mitt Romney the winner by eight votes. Two weeks later, when the official results were released, Strawn initially declined to name a winner when a recount showed Rick Santorum with a 34-vote edge. Santorum was later declared the winner.

Strawn became chairman in January 2009.

Strawn says his resignation will be effective Feb. 10. The Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee will be responsible for setting an election to pick Strawn's replacement.

Click here to watch Strawn's resignation video.

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