Sort of live blogging the Hawkeye cauci [ Morning update: Mitt Romney won by eight votes.]

Just setting up a thread for live commentary of the Iowa caucuese; participate in the comments.
0647 update: Mitt Romney, 30,015; Rick Santorum, 30,007.


  1. Gloria Borger pointed out on CNN something that gets missed a lot: social issue conservatives are frequently economic issue conservatives as well; it’s not that they somehow just tolerate economic conservatives. And the CNN reporter babe Erin has great legs.

  2. The Hawkeye cauci allow caucus voters to register for a party at the door; I wonder how many Democrats are there to throw a monkey wrench in the works by voting for Ron Paul.

  3. Dana Loesch is the Editor-in-Chief of Big Journalism, a CNN contributor, and hosts her own daily radio show, The Dana Show: The Conservative Alternative broadcast on KFTK 97.1 FM Talk, which recently expanded to WIBC 93.1 FM. Her original brand of young, conservative irreverence has found a fast-growing audience in multiple mediums.

    A former award-winning newspaper columnist, Dana began blogging in 2001 and was named one of the top 16 most powerful mothers online by Neilsen. Dana appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, CBS, HBO, and ABC and was the first and only female guest host for the popular Michael Savage, who called her his “mental match.” She speaks regularly on the subject of new media, serves as a grassroots organizer having co-founded the St. Louis Tea Party before co-creating the Gateway Grassroots Initiative, and is credited with having helped take Dede Scozzafava out of NY23 in a battle with the GOP establishment. She and her husband, Chris, live in St. Louis with their two young sons.

  4. Live Election Results
    2012 Iowa Caucus30.9% precincts reporting

    Candidate Votes Pct. Del.
    Mitt Romney 7,844 23.6% 0
    Rick Santorum 7,726 23.2% 0
    Ron Paul 7,655 23.0% 0
    Newt Gingrich 4,440 13.3% 0
    Rick Perry 3,433 10.3% 0
    Michele Bachmann 1,932 5.8% 0
    Jon Huntsman 211 0.6% 0
    Herman Cain 11 0% 0
    Buddy Roemer 9 0% 0

  5. The Christmas tree is in the back of my truck, and with 48% counted, Rick santorum and Mitt Romney are in a dead heat at 24%, with Ron Paul at 22%, Newt Gingrich at 13%, Rick Perry 10%, Michele Bachmann 6% and Jon Huntsman at 1%.

  6. It looks to me as though not one candidate can come out of Iowa with a declaration of victory, pretty much what the latest polls suggested, although one can say that the ‘not-Romney’ clearly prevailed over the ‘Romney’ candidacy by 2 to 1!

    This is indicative of how far to the right the Republican Party has shifted. However, if they want a chance to beat President Obama, in the end they will have to coalesce behind Romney, and hope that Ron Paul does not run as a third party candidate.

    This primary certainly has garnered a huge amount of press coverage, and not very favorable to the party, given the ups and downs of the weird ‘not-Romneys’.

    I predict that in order to appease this significant far right contingent of the party, Romney will pick one of them as his running mate.

    It is interesting the effect that the Citizens United decision had on this primary. It enabled Romney to go negative against Newt, with his Super PAC which was not associated with the Romney campaign. Expect there to be tons of this in the General, perhaps providing for us the most negative campaigns which we have ever before seen.

    As a post-script, I have to wonder how well Tim Pawlenty would have done as a “not-Romney’ candidate in Iowa. Pretty well I think – he might actually have won Iowa, because he would have appealed to both the social conservatives and the traditional conservatives, taking votes from all three of the current front runners.

  7. This sure has cleared up nothing. Rick Perry is going to continue throuh South Carolina at any rate, and that’s the first Republicans only primary, where George Bush finally shook John McCain in 2000. He’s just got to hope that Rick Santorum runs out of money and Michele Bachmann drops out; that leaves him fighting with Newt Gingrich; Ron Paul will fade without independents.

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  9. Though you Repubs are not going to like this, I agree with this assessment of the Iowa Caucuses by Howard Fineman:

    “DES MOINES, Iowa — The final Iowa results aren’t in but we already know one big winner: President Barack Obama.

    The dismal, nasty campaign here was not good for the Republican Party or the country. There was precious little debate on anything other than who literally was Holier than Thou; the dollars spent on attack ads were, vote for vote, enormous. One GOP top finisher is unpopular with the base; another is too far out of the mainstream to be nominated, let alone elected; the third lost his last Senate race, in Pennsylvania, by 17 points, and is far to the right of the country on social issues.

    All of which is good news for a president with a 40 percent job approval rating and a desperate need for a weak opponent next November.”

    We can hardly afford to have in power a divided party which has little cohesion and less of an idea on what to do to nurture our country into continuing recovery. A dysfunctional/do-nothing Congress controlled by a disheveled Republican Party is hardly qualified to step up to the job. President Obama and the Dems are eminently qualified, relatively speaking!

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