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“We won by 34 votes,” Santorum declared on CNN on Thursday, two days before the race’s third vote, in South Carolina. “If they include these other very, very small precincts canada goose outlet toronto factory that have not been officially certified but were phoned in on election night, we actually won by more.”

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But GOP officials discovered double digit errors in 51 of those certified precincts when they compared what was reported on caucus night with the official Form E documents signed by precinct volunteers. Eleven precincts had errors of 50 or more votes.

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Strawn on Thursday again congratulated both Romney, who led by eight votes with 100 percent of the precincts reporting on caucus night Jan. 3 canada goose outlet , and Santorum, who wowed the nation by soaring from the bottom of the polls into a virtual tie that night.

But Santorum’s backers, deprived for the last 2 weeks of a caucus victory by the narrowest of canada goose outlet store uk margins, wanted more.

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On caucus night, canada goose outlet in usa a total of 269 votes were reported in those eight precincts. If correct, Santorum would beat Romney by 69 votes, Brown said.

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There were enough errors in the now verified precincts that the party can’t trust the numbers reported on caucus night, Strawn said. Because volunteers canada goose outlet online in those eight precincts didn’t turn in their official vote totals, and despite diligent efforts of party staff to hunt them down, the results there will always remain a mystery, he said.

canada goose womens outlet In canada goose outlet shop New Hampshire, early returns from primary night on Jan. 10 made it unclear whether Santorum was in fourth or fifth place. Newt Gingrich is currently 16 votes ahead of him according to the latest corrected vote numbers, the New Hampshire secretary of state’s office staff said Thursday. canada goose womens outlet

buy canada goose uk Romney, in South Carolina for Thursday night’s debate, telephoned Santorum to congratulate him for his strong caucus finish. Campaign aides said he made the same gesture caucus night. buy canada goose uk

canada goose outlet usa In a written statement to the media, Romney thanked the Iowa GOP and said: “The canada goose outlet store results from Iowa caucus night revealed a virtual tie.” canada goose outlet usa

canada goose outlet in toronto In an interview on Fox News Jan. 5, Santorum seemed to downplay the importance of an outright win, saying the winner “doesn’t really matter to me. It was a tie.” canada goose outlet in toronto

canada goose outlet miami On Thursday, Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley lashed out, saying the new 34 vote edge means Romney isn’t the inevitable nominee. canada goose outlet miami

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“The only four remaining presidential candidates were your top four finishers in the Iowa caucus,” he noted, while the three lowest finishers have dropped out Michele Bachmann on Jan. 4 , Jon Huntsman on canada goose outlet jackets Monday and Rick Perry on Thursday.

canada goose outlet store uk Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R Hiawatha, and Iowa Senate Minority Leader Jerry Behn, R Boone, both defended the canada goose outlet uk party’s handling of the voting process. When any election is conducted with more than 120,000 ballots cast, “it’s not unusual at all to have a vote count change” when the final results are certified, Paulsen told reporters at the Iowa Capitol canada goose outlet store uk.

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