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 presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (C), with his wife Ann and four of his five sons, speaks to supporters at his 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
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