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.
Updated: Jan. 4, 2012 at 9:33 AM
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US Army Cpl. Jesse Thorsen (R) raises his fist in jubilation on stage with Republican 2012 presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul (L) with his wife Carol after being invited to make remarks by Paul at a rally in Ankeny, Iowa, after Paul's strong finish in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, January 3, 2012. With votes still needed to be counted, Paul was a close third to top finishers former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. UPI/Mike Theiler
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