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Winning is winning.
Mitt Romney won the Iowa Caucus tonight (or this morning) by only eight votes over a surging Rick Santorum. The win gives the former Massachusetts Governor momentum heading into New Hampshire next week, where he is heavily favored.
Coming in second, Santorum has a ticket out of Iowa if he wants it. Tonight could be considered a moral victory of sorts for the former PA Senator who was counted out a long time ago by everyone. He peaked late last week but lost a little momentum moving into tonight.
Ron Paul came in 3rd and even with his loyal base pushing his campaign to an unanticipated 3rd place. The Paul campaign has to ask itself if a road to victory is still clear. NH is a longshot and SC is where many of the candidates will take their last stand.
Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann round out the results and have to consider exiting the race at this point. There were 4 tickets out of Iowa tonight but, that last one is a coach seat, in the middle, by the lavatory.
More analysis to come. Until then ….