Santorum finished 34 votes ahead of Romney in new Iowa tally; votes from 8 precincts missing

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I love how Perry dropping out is stomping all over Lil Ricky's big news.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum edged Republican front-runner Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses by 34 votes, but can’t be declared the winner because results from eight precincts are missing, officials said Thursday.

Romney was eight votes ahead of Santorum in the preliminary results of the Jan. 3 caucuses--the much-watched, first-in-the-nation presidential nomination contest.

 After what was widely considered an unfocused and bloated campaign in 2008, the Republican former Massachusetts governor is returning to the presidential sweepstakes with a more tightly knit team.

But when the certified tallies were submitted to state GOP officials Wednesday, they showed Romney trailing, 29,839 votes to 29,805.

“Certified vote totals were unavailable for eight of Iowa’s 1,774 precincts,” the state Republican party said in a statement. No explanation was provided as to why the vote tallies from those precincts were missing

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  • Mitt should use the preferred GOP method of vote-counting:  take it to the Iowa State Supreme Court . . .