rick santorum & mitt romney

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney

*Whoa, talk about a squeaker.

Mitt Romney barely edged Rick Santorum in Iowa caucuses, the first battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

In the end when the last of the state’s 1,774 precincts reported its results Wednesday morning, Romney emerged as the nominal winner, by a margin of just 8 votes over Santorum.

Combined, the two accounted for half of the more than 120,000 votes cast at the statewide gatherings of party activists.

Read/learn more at LA Times.