Update Wednesday, January 4, 2012 @ 11:30 EST
Michele Bachmann announces she is suspending her Presidential campaign due to her 6th place showing in the Iowa caucus.
Iowa Caucuses Brings Some Surprises
Edited By James Howell
122,255 people voted. In the end - Mitt Romeny edged out Rick Santorum by 8 votes.
Mitt Romney - 25% / 30,015-votes
Rick Santorum - 25% / 30,007-votes
Ron Paul – 21% / 26,219-votes
Newt Gingrich 13% / 16,251-votes
Rick Perry 10% / 12,604-votes
Michele Bachmann 5% / 6,073-votes
Who is moving on to New Hampshire and who is bailing out?
Although Michele Bachmann did not do well in Iowa and didn’t win one county, she did give all indications that she is moving on and continuing. <-(Outdated info) At the same time Rick Perry said he was headed back to Texas to think things over, which would naturally suggest that he’s getting ready to drop out.
Ron Paul’s results were better than expected and his appreciation showed. He spoke a lot about getting back to the fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution and his aggressive plans to withdraw all overseas Military involvement.
Mitt Romney's nonstop smear-campaign against Newt Gingrich worked. Romney spent many millions of dollars on negative ads targeting Gingrich and, over the past few weeks, Gingrich’s support plummeted. The Gingrich concession speech showed frustration, anger and a retaliation-attack on both Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Gingrich pointed out Paul’s alienating military policy and showed aggressive support for Santorum while highlighting Romney’s negative ads.
The battle for top seat between PA Senator Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Governor - Mitt Romney was ultra close and, at some points, got down to single-digit numbers separating the two. At 1:36Am EST 1 single vote separated Santorum and Romney. The night finished with Romney winning Iowa by a mere 8 votes.
The New Hampshire Debates, scheduled for January 7 & 8, should prove interesting. The New Hampshire vote will be on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. It’s suggested that Mitt Romney has a lock on the state and is showing a high (47%) percentage of support. After New Hampshire, it’s on to South Carolina for the “Jan 21 vote.”
Published in East TN News January 4, 2012 3:01AM