"In Iowa, former Massachusetts governor managed to win by a slight difference over former Sen. Rick Santorum, on the first test of the Republican hopefuls.finished third. Watch the video"
According to the results almost definitive, Romney, 64 years, the more moderate candidate and the most feared for this reason Barack Obama ahead of the elections on November 6, get 25% and 30,015 votes against Santorum, who obtained 30 007 and a similar percentage, as announced by the Republican Party after an election recount endless.
Third, the conservative and isolationist atypical Ron Paul, a veteran congressman who has 21.5% of the vote.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 13.3% of the vote, ahead of Texas Gov., who has already suggested that arises out of the race-, and Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann
Santorum, 53, former senator from Pennsylvania and fervent Catholic, is a staunch defender of family values and is supported by certain conservative Christian sectors , with great power in the rural state of Iowa and the candidates have been courting the campaign.
Far behind in national polls, Santorum has focused its resources in this state, where he visited all 99 counties.
"There are game!" Santorum proclaimed to his followers, despite their success in Iowa does not hide the main difficulty: the lack of financial resources to continue a campaign that follows on 10 January in New Hampshire.
Romney, presidential tone
In the opposite situation is Romney, a billionaire and favorite of pro-business wing of the Republican Party , who had already tried to lower expectations in Iowa despite being seen as the favorite.
In an appearance before supporters at a hotel in Des Moines, the capital of this state, and accompanied by his wife, Anne, Romney used a presidential tone and has denounced Obama's presidency has been a "command failed" and now your application will "put the U.S. back on track."
"Almost everything this president has done has caused it more difficult business to flourish," presidential hopeful has claimed, he promised that if he prevails against the elections in November, "I will make this country again a to attract the best investors. "
In an echo of what has been his usual speech of the campaign, Romney has also ensured that if wins "regain the principles that made us a shining city on the hill" in an allusion to one of the most famous phrases of one of the idols Republicans, President Ronald Reagan.
The former governor was scheduled after his speech, immediately after New Hampshire, where polls give him a comfortable lead and next Tuesday there will be the upcoming elections the Republican primary process.
"And we in New Hampshire, we still have much work to do," said the Republican candidate, to the applause of his supporters.
Rick Perry continues to assess whether a candidate
At that event may not be the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, who has announced that it will return to its state and evaluate the results of Iowa, where he finished fifth, to decide "whether there is path forward" for him in the race Presidential.
These statements Perry, who broke into the campaign with great force in August to go slowly deflating, have been interpreted as a prelude to an imminent abandonment of the race for the Republican nomination, which could become the first victim of the "caucus" in Iowa
Bachman will continue in the race
The Tea Party movement leader in Congress,, who appeared last summer in the polls as the favorite and won in an informal consultation of Republican voters in this state, facing a heavy defeat in his home state, where he concentrated much of their efforts.
However, the congressman has reiterated that intends to continue in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. "It was a tough battle, but an even tougher battle awaits us," Bachmann has said to his followers after the results.
In his speech, the congressman from Minnesota has ruled out giving up and says that is still considered "the true conservative who can defeat Barack Obama."
Bachmann has only managed to overcome the former governor of Utah, who decided not to concentrate in this state at the next stop, New Hampshire.