The real winner?

It seems that chaos on election night is always a big news story, and the Iowa caucuses were no different.  A vote counter in Moulton, Appanoose County is claiming that Mitt Romney was credited with twenty extra votes.  As you know, Romney defeated Rick Santorum by a mere 9 votes.  The error may have cost Santorum a significant victory.  While a 20 vote swing would be more symbolic than anything, it does change the GOP landscape somewhat.  Romney had been being praised for victory in a state in which he had dampened expectations.  Santorum was being given an ‘atta-boy’ slap on the back for a great effort and comeback.

What do you think?  If this alleged error turns out to be true, does it change anything?

Via KCCI (h/t Weasel Zippers):


Caucus night was chaotic in many places, with hundreds of voters, candidates showing up and the throngs of media who followed. The world’s eyes were on Iowa. But in the quiet town of Moulton, Appanoose County, a caucus of 50 people may just blow up the results.

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.”

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,” True said. “It essentially changes who won.”

To be fair, the Iowa Republican Party has said True is not authorized to discuss election results and had no official role in certifying the vote.



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