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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Republican 2012 presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul raises his arms in jubilation as his wife Carol (L) and others join in the celebration at a rally in Ankeny, Iowa, after his 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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