Elections 2012: Mitt Romney Mistakenly Given 20 Votes in Iowa, Meaning Rick Santorum Won

Mitt Romney’s 8-vote victory in Iowa was the result of a typo, according to an Iowa man who helped count the votes.

Edward True, a Ron Paul supporter, says there were just 2 votes for Romney at his 53-person caucus, but the Iowa Republican Party's website says there were 22. Photo: Are Flaten/Flickr

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.”

KCCI political analyst Dennis Goldford said even if the caucus results are wrong, it’s not the end of the world.

This will make Iowa look a little foolish in the eyes of the rest of the country, which already questions the seriousness of the caucuses,” Goldford said.

But in terms of Santorum’s results here, the Caucuses have made him a player in presidential politics and if he should nudge ahead of Gov. Romney for the final certified result that’s really not going to make any significant difference at this point.”

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. “This is huge,” Mr. True said. “It essentially changes who won.”

Party officials say True is not a precinct captain and shouldn’t be talking about results, and discrepancies won’t be discussed until all results are certified, which could take weeks, Newser reports.

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn said in the statement on Thursday night: “Iowa GOP rules provide for a two-week certification process for each of the 1,774 precincts. The Iowa GOP will announce the final, certified results of the 2012 Iowa Causes following this process.

Out of respect to the candidates involved, party officials we will not respond to every rumor, innuendo or allegation during the two week process. That said, Iowa GOP officials have been in contact with Appanoose County Republican officials tonight and do not have any reason to believe the final, certified results of Appanoose County will change the outcome of Tuesday’s vote.”

According to The Huff Post, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said he was “not surprised to hear” that the vote total for ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may have been overcounted by 20 in the final tally of Iowa caucus-goers, but both he and his campaign were declining to weigh in on the story that broke Thursday night.

Appearing Thursday night on Fox News’ “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Santorum said: “Having talked to Matt Strawn, the chairman of the Iowa – 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 vote in Romney’s favor.”

“So it actually netted out to what I understand is a one-vote difference. But there will be, without question, given the lateness of the hour and the hectic-ness that comes with turning in these – these numbers, there will be different – there will be changes.”

“And with eight votes, or now nine votes difference, there may be some. But that doesn’t really matter to me. I mean, we – you know, we – this was a tie,” he said.

“And with eight votes, or now nine votes difference, there may be some. But that doesn’t really matter to me. I mean, we – you know, we – this was a tie,” he said.

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