Mitt Romney received 24.6% of the votes. Rick Santorum received 24.5% of the votes. Ron Paul received 21.4%, Newt Gingrich received 13.3%, Rick Perry received 10.3%, and Michelle Bachmann only received 5% of the votes in the Iowa caucuses.
The Iowa caucus is a meeting of Iowa residents to try to select the nominee for the presidential nominating convention. The Iowa caucuses are the first major event in the nominating process for the President and are often an indicator of the presidential candidates for each political party. The Iowa caucus began on January 3rd and ended on January 4th with Mitt Romney’s win.
In 1976, Jimmy Carter won the Iowa caucus and went on to win his party’s nomination and then went on to be the President. The Iowa caucuses are important because it determines who will stay in the race for the presidency and who will drop out.
Mitt Romney was the governor of Massachusetts. His father was the governor of Michigan. Romney served on a Mormon mission in France. He went to Brigham Young University for undergraduate and then attended Harvard law and business school. He became the CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting company. Romney co- founded Bain Capital, a private equity firm. He ran for the republican nomination in 2008, but lost the nomination to John McCain.
Romney got almost the same percent of votes in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, but got second place behind Mike Huckabee. This time in Iowa he went in with less staff and it is perceived that his status as a “winner” will help him win the republican presidential nomination.
Runner- up, Rick Santorum said; “Let me tell you what wins in America are bold ideas, sharp contrasts and a plan that includes everyone.” Many people labeled Santorum as a very liberal candidate.
Third place, Ron Paul told supporters; “be ready and raring to move on to the next step.”
Fourth place, Newt Gingrich said that he thinks that Romney will not be able to turn around the broken system in Washington. However, Romney believes that Gingrich is in no better a position to fix Washington.
“I think to fix Washington will take someone to come in from outside of Washington and we got a lot of politicians who would like to have the job of leading the country. I think it’s time to have somebody who spent their life in the private sector leading Washington and getting America back on track,” Romney said.
“If we wanna get jobs again in this country it’s gonna be helpful to have a person who’s had a job in the private sector to create jobs in the private sector,” Mitt Romney argued.
The leading Democratic candidate for the coming presidential nomination convention is Barack Obama. The current leading Republican candidate for the presidential nomination convention is Mitt Romney from the state of Massachusetts.
However important Iowa is, the candidates must now move onto New Hampshire to compete in the New Hampshire caucuses.