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MEANWHILE Obama Team Reassured by Iowa Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

Obama Team Reassured by Iowa

Mitt Romney may have won the vote, but President Obama's team smells blood in the water. The total number of votes among Iowa Republicans is expected to be about half the number of the 2008 Democratic primaries, a sign that Republicans aren't excited about their options. Romney, especially, should be worried about his numbers, says Obama senior campaign strategist David Axelrod: he got almost exactly the same number of votes as he did in the last election. “You’d have to say the story is: Iowa to Mitt. No sale,” said Axelrod. “Beyond that, for all the patter about GOP enthusiasm, turnout was unimpressive.”

January 4, 2012 6:29 AM