Santorum Dismisses Story of Error that ‘Cost’ him Iowa Victory

Jan 6, 2012 9:25am

In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Greta van Susteren, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum pooh-poohed any idea that he actually won the Iowa Caucus, an assertion some supporters are making after one caucus attendee reported an apparent clerical error that over-counted Mitt Romney’s support by 20 votes.

“Here’s what I know. Having talked to the chairman of the — Matt Strawn, who’s the chairman of the Iowa — Republican Party of Iowa, that all these counties are going to be reporting in,” Santorum said. “They’re going to be certifying them, that there was one county where there was a 20-vote mistake in my favor, but there was a 21-vote mistake vote in Romney’s favor. So it actually netted out to what I understand is a one-vote difference,” Santorum said.

The question was in response to a report on Des Moines’s KCCI-TV in which a Ron Paul supporter, Edward True, 28, of Moulton, Iowa, said his precinct made a mistake.

“There will be, without question, given the lateness of the hour and the hectic-ness that comes with turning in these numbers,” Santorum said, “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….this was a tie. And we came from, you know, 4 or 5 points two weeks before the election and ended up with 25 points. And the most recent poll, which was published…four days before the caucus, we were at 15 and we ended up with 25.”

– Jake Tapper

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