Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has claimed a razor-thin victory in the Iowa Caucuses.
Republican Party of Iowa chairman Matt Strawn made the announcement around 2:30 a.m. Eastern time today that Romney had just eight more votes than former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished third, followed by Newt Gingrich in fourth, Texas Governor Rick Perry in fifth and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in sixth.
Romney vowed to get the U.S. "back to work" in his speech after the caucuses wrapped up, but before the final vote had been tallied.
He said the 2012 election is "about the soul of America.
Santorum engaged in retail politics for months in Iowa, holding nearly 400 meetings throughout the state's 99 counties.
He rose out of the single digits in the polls over the past few weeks thanks to endorsements from evangelical Christian leaders in Iowa and voters who had been supporting Bachmann deciding to get behind his campaign.
Gingrich vowed to fight back against negative ads aimed at him by Romney over the past several weeks in Iowa as the battle now moves to New Hampshire.
The former U.S. House Speaker vowed to not quote, "go out and run nasty ads, but I do reserve the right to tell the truth."
Perry shocked supporters late in his speech after the votes were being counted by saying he was going to head home to Texas and reassess his campaign following the fifth-place finish.
While the Texas governor has not had a problem raising money for his presidential bid, he has stumbled in the debates, which could have led to the poor showing in Iowa.
Up next is the New Hampshire primary, scheduled for next Tuesday, January 10th.
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