Iowa Recount Puts Santorum Ahead By 34 Votes

Rick Santorum has ended up 34 votes ahead of Mitt Romney after a recount of the results from the Jan. 3 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses, The Des Moines Register is reporting.

But, the newspaper adds, Iowa GOP officials say that results from eight of Iowa’s 1,774 precincts “will never be certified” because they’re missing — meaning the outcome remains basically unresolved, as the Register‘s headline says. Or, as one Republican official tells the Register, it’s going to be viewed as a “split decision.”

The Iowa Republican Party is due to officially release the results of its recount of the nearly 122,000 paper ballots from the caucuses at 9:15 a.m. ET.

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