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UPDATE: Romney Wins in Iowa and Perry Hall Poll

Cast your vote for President Barack Obama's Republican contender.

UPDATE (Jan. 4, 9:51 a.m.)—Mitt Romney won the biggest margin of votes in the Iowa caucuses, the Des Moines Register reports. He also won the most votes in Perry Hall Patch's unofficial poll. Rick Santorum, however, who lost to Romney by only eight votes in Iowa, was one of the lowest finishers in the Patch poll.

Mitt Romney Rick Santorum Ron Paul Newt Gingrich Rick Perry Michele Bachmann Jon Huntsman Iowa Caucuses 24.6% (30,015 votes)
24.5% (30,007 votes) 21.4% (26,219 votes) 13.3% (16,251 votes) 10.3% (12,604
votes) 5% (6,073
votes) 0.6% (745
votes) Perry Hall Patch Poll 36% (27 votes)
2% (2 votes)
20% (15 votes) 16% (12 votes) 14% (11 votes) 1% (1 vote) 8% (6 votes)

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Why should Midwesterners get to choose presidential candidates before we do?

Thousands of Iowans will head to the polls today to cast their votes for the next Republican presidential candidate, the person who will battle for votes in November 2012.

The caucuses could make or break the candidacy of some candidates, the Des Moines Register reports.

But what if a caucus were being held in Perry Hall? Whether you're a Democrat, Republican or Independent, take our poll to choose your favorite candidate and tell us about your choice in the comments.

On Wednesday, we'll compare Patch's poll results to Iowa's official results.

Tim January 03, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I'm amazed this doesn't have a post accompanying it yet. Ok, let me start: Who's artificially stuffing Rick Perry's ballot box? hahaha
Paul January 04, 2012 at 12:19 PM
If anyone wants something better then the status quo, then it would be Ron Paul. Everyone of the others are bought and paid for by special interest.
Marty Warren January 04, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Romney ges my vote. We must make sure 2 things happen. 1. Repeal ObamaCare. 2. Close the border. Every candidate says they'll repeal ObamaCare, but Romney, IMO, is the best on securing the border. If we don't secure the border, the entire country will have the voting "Make-up" of CALIFORNIA. Ugh ;-)
Tim January 04, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Well, Santorum came out of left field. Then again, 70% of the caucus voters were over 45 and they are obviously mid-westerns, so I suppose I shouldn't be too shocked.
Tim January 04, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I'm personally conflicted on this. Simply because I don't trust Romney to stick to any position, at any point. He's proven over and over again to be an untrustworthy flip flopper. The only difference between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich is that Mitt's just a political snake - not a moral one as well.
Honeygo Hal January 04, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Santorum personally visited each of Iowa's 99 counties to prepare - that means a lot in a caucus.
Emily Kimball (Editor) January 04, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Santorum probably would have won more votes in our poll if he had visited Perry Hall, although none of the candidates have made their way down here ...
Tim January 04, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Hal: True indeed. His message and stances from a social standpoint are more favorable to the older clientele who get out to vote at these things though - this was what I was getting at. These old Conservatives don't really want Romney. Santorum is essentially a toned down Bachmann with a better economic clue. Conservatives will vote for Romney more because he's actually electable in a general election then because they really support his views (whatever they are at a given moment in time).
John Doe January 09, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I am convinced that Romney is a robot.
John Doe January 11, 2012 at 08:55 PM
"Romney"..."R" for Republican, "omney" which can spell 'money'. I told you he is a robot.
Tim January 11, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Nah, he's not a robot. A robot would be consistent in his views. Romney is a living example of the top 1% of wealthy Americans (a vote for Romney, I'm convinced, is simply a vote agreeing to keep bending over for the top 1%). Even if you could get past that (or simply don't agree, for whatever reason) there's the indisputable trust/consistency issues with this guy. First he's a borderline liberal in the 90's running against Kennedy, then a moderate as Massachusetts governor, now he claims to be captain Conservative? It amazes me that people buy into this...and saddens me that this appears to be our only alternative to President Obama and a second term.
John Doe January 12, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Tim, they are making robots that are human-like...so there may be a chance of a flip-flopping robot.
Tim January 12, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Well as long as they add the ability to flip burgers as well as opinions on important issues...it wouldn't be a total loss. They probably update these with the HarrisFracker2.1 software too!
Paul Amirault January 12, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Romney the job cremator. The question is not what is he, the question is what's his price?
John Doe January 13, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I remember seeing Romney in a full suit on a beach giving a speech - this is not normal behavior.

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