Rick Santorum‘s second-place finish in Iowa could have been the fault of a typo, Iowa news station KCII reports.
One vote-counter, 28-year-old Edward True, said he reported two votes for Romney in his 53-person caucus in Appanoose County.
The official count on the Iowa Republican Party’s website, however, gave him 22 votes.
“That right there says Rick Santorum won Iowa,” True said. “Not Mitt Romney.”
But in an appearance on Fox’s “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren”, Santorum didn’t seem bothered by the discrepancy. In fact, he didn’t seem to care much at all.
“…There will be, without question, given the lateness of the hour and the hectic-ness that comes with turning in these — these numbers, there will be different– there will be changes. And with eight votes, or now nine votes difference, there may be some. But that doesn’t really matter to me. I mean we — you know, we — this was a tie.“
That’s my emphasis. Santorum’s nonchalance is further proof that the impression that he won in Iowa is more important than the actual numbers.
But if Santorum doesn’t show an ability to unite the party by performing well in moderate New Hampshire on Tuesday, his strong performance in Iowa, whether he won or placed second, may be irrelevant.
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