Santorum, Romney Take Top Spots In A Nail-Biter

By WGBH News & Wires

Jan. 4, 2012

BOSTON  — It's coming down to the wire for presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucuses. With 96 percent of the precincts reporting, both had 25 percent of the vote, with Romney fewer than 100 votes behind.

Ron Paul held the third spot with 21 percent of the vote.

Newt Gingrich finished fourth and vowed to continue his presidential campaign. He blasted Mitt Romney as someone who can't bring enough change to Washington, calling him a "Massachusetts moderate who, in fact, is pretty good at managing the decay." He said the former governor has "given no evidence in his years in Massachusetts of any ability to change the culture or change the political structure."

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann finished last among the six candidates who contested Iowa. Still, she said she would stay in the race, calling herself a "true conservative."

Fifth-place finisher Rick Perry, however, said he was reassessing his bid for the White House. 

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.



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