Interpreting the Iowa Caucus Results

Jan 4, 2012

It was a nail-biter at last night's Iowa Caucuses. After a year of campaigning, debating, promises and political ads, voting began for the twenty twelve Republican presidential candidate.  A too close to call race went well into this morning with Mitt Romney squeaking out an 8 vote victory from Rick Santorum.  Ron Paul came in a healthy third and Newt Gingrich a disappointing fourth. Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann will both re-evaluate their campaigns.  We’ll look at the results and how they may affect the discussion in New Hampshire’s primary and other contests down the road.  


  • Jonathan Ahl - News director at Iowa Public Radio
  • Wayne F. Lesperance -  Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College