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No ‘official’ Iowa caucus winner, but Santorum got most votes

19 January 2012 | 11:55 am  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Rod Boshart

UPDATE: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will be listed in Republican Party of Iowa records as the winner of the party’s 2012 precinct caucuses, but his 34-vote victory over GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney will be accompanied by an asterisk. That’s because party officials said Thursday ...

Branstad gives GOP vote process vote of confidence in light of questions

6 January 2012 | 5:06 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Rod Boshart

  DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad on Friday gave his vote of confidence to the Republican Party of Iowa’s caucus process, saying party officials did “all they could do” to insure balloting was fair and secure and he believes any potential discrepancies in Tuesday’s results ...

Santorum aided by grit, determination and volunteers

4 January 2012 | 4:57 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Rod Boshart

DES MOINES – Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s surprise near-victory in Tuesday’s caucuses by far tops Mike Huckabee’s feat in defeating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney four years ago because his political cyclone came from nowhere in a compressed time span. “It shatters that one,” Chuck ...

Romney edges Santorum by 8 votes

4 January 2012 | 5:00 am  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Rod Boshart

  DES MOINES – Republicans Mitt Romney edged Rick Santorum by eight votes in what was a two-way, see-saw battle at the top of the leader board Tuesday in one of the closest Iowa presidential caucus finishes since the first-in-the-nation format started in the 1970s. With 100 percent of 1,774 ...

Bachmann looking for a “big surprise” in Tuesday’s caucuses

2 January 2012 | 4:49 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Rod Boshart

  WEST DES MOINES – Despite a shaky end to her Iowa campaign, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann predicted “a big surprise” Tuesday night when Iowa Republicans finally get their say on who should be the party’s 2012 nominee to face Democrat Barack Obama this fall. “I ...

Santorum says spot in top three would be “a good finish”

2 January 2012 | 12:57 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Rod Boshart

  POLK CITY – GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum told an overflow crowd Monday that he is surging in the polls because Iowans “are doing their homework” and liking his ideas for charting a new course via a business friendly, limited government rather than listening to ...

Santorum getting more scrutiny as he surges in Iowa

1 January 2012 | 1:51 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Rod Boshart

  DES MOINES – Late-surging GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum’s burst into the Iowa spotlight also made him the target of rivals on Sunday TV interview shows as Republicans frantically woo the remaining undecided voters who will shape the outcome in Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses. The former ...

Iowa race hits home stretch for competing Republicans

1 January 2012 | 11:30 am  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Rod Boshart

DES MOINES – For the field of hard-driving presidential candidates and the Iowa Republicans they pursue, the finish line is in sight. Months of stump speeches, hand clasps and other trappings of retail politicking will culminate Tuesday night when the leading vote-getters at 1,774 precincts have ...

Christie: “Elections are decided by the people who show up”

30 December 2011 | 11:03 am  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Rod Boshart

WEST DES MOINES – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, headlining a teeth-chattering outdoor political rally on Friday, jokingly delivered an offer to Iowa GOP caucus-goers that maybe they shouldn’t refuse next Tuesday. Campaigning with Mitt and Ann Romney at an outdoor West Des Moines venue in ...

Perry hits Obama for not honoring returning soldiers

28 December 2011 | 3:00 pm  in 2012 presidential race, Headlines by Rod Boshart

  URBANDALE – Texas Gov. Rick Perry hammered President Obama’s energy and immigration policies Wednesday and berated him for not holding a welcome-home parade to salute the U.S. soldiers who served during the war in Iraq over the past nine years. “It really disturbs me that nearly ...