Recount

Santorum Declares Himself Iowa Winner

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Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition rally on Jan. 16, 2012, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Thirty-four votes is good enough for Rick Santorum. The ex-senator has officially declared himself the winner of the Iowa caucuses after a new tally by the state's Republican Party showed him with a slim lead. The final count has Santorum ahead by 34 votes, but the results of eight precincts are missing and will never be counted or certified. Furthermore, the GOP discovered inaccuracies in 131 precincts, and changes in one precinct shifted the vote by 50. With such a large margin of error and so many remaining holes in the vote, Chad Olsen, the party's executive director, declared it a “split decision."