The 2012 Republican Caucus in Iowa(21 images)

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucus by a mere eight votes over surprise contender and former Senator Rick Santorum. Texas Rep. Ron Paul finished in a strong third place, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry filling out the rest of the top five.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (R) kisses his wife Ann at a caucus night rally on January 3, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. With 98 percent reporting, the caucus was a virtual tie between Romney and Rick Santorum. UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo
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