Des Moines Iowa TV Station Report Says There May Have Been a Miscount in the Iowa Caucuses. If So, Who Really Won?

Jan 5, 2012  •  Post A Comment

There may have been a miscount made by the GOP in the Iowa Caucuses, reports Hearst Television’s KCCI in Des Moines, Iowa.

According to the story, "Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. He said when he checked to make sure the Republican Party of Iowa got the count right, he said he was shocked to find they hadn’t. ‘When Mitt Romney won Iowa by eight votes and I’ve got a 20-vote discrepancy here, that right there says Rick Santorum won Iowa,’ True said. ‘Not Mitt Romney.’ "

The story continues, "True said at his 53-person caucus at the Garrett Memorial Library, Romney received two votes. According to the Iowa Republican Party’s website, True’s precinct cast 22 votes for Romney."

True told the station that he personally is a supporter of Ron Paul.

The report adds, "A spokeswoman with the Iowa Republican Party said True is not a precinct captain and he’s not a county chairperson so he has no business talking about election results. She also said the party would not be giving interviews about possible discrepancies until the caucus vote is certified."

According to a later story by the Associated Press, Santorum talked to Fox News about what he knew of the situation: " ‘Here’s what I know,’ Santorum [said]. ‘Having talked to the chairman Matt Strawn, who is the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, that all these counties are going to be reporting in, 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 in Romney’s favor so it actually netted out to what I understand is a one-vote difference."

If that is true, then that would mean Romney beat Santorum by nine votes in total, not eight votes as was the previous tally.

Santorum added in his remarks to Fox News, "That doesn’t really matter to me. I mean, this was a tie."

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