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What is the take-away from Iowa’s Republican caucus result yesterday?
The field will diminish; Bachmann has already made her formal announcement to that effect.
Santorum has gained new life and is already on the ground in New Hampshire. Romney “won” by eight votes over Santorum (30,015 to 30,007) and that has to be a bit embarrassing for the Romney camp.
Gingrich is further damaged. Huntsman wasn’t there at all. Perry has gone home to “reassess” his campaign. He might resurface.
Paul has again demonstrated his vote-getting ability but there is relatively little barrier to Independents and Democrats registering for the Republican caucus and that may’ve added to Paul’s numbers. That probably isn’t too important since Paul isn’t likely to go anywhere anyway even though he has a group of VERY loyal supporters.
McCain is now apparently going to announce his support for Romney, and that will be seen as the kiss of death by conservatives who had no time for McCain and not much more for Romney.
All in all, Iowans had some real impact with their caucus system yesterday. The debate on that approach will continue to be held over and over again. It is an interesting approach that puts presidential politics in the living rooms of Iowans.