winning by just eight votes, mitt romney narrowly defeated former pennsylvania senator & tea party-backed rick santorum for the gop presidential nomination. the former massachusetts governor's shockingly slim victory was the closest iowa republican caucus in history.
both romney & santorum received 25 percent of the votes, while representative ron paul of texas placed third with 21 percent of the votes. former house speaker newt gingrich placed fourth, followed by texas governor rick perry, who then announced he is going back to texas to reassess his faltering campaign. perry received 10 percent of the vote, despite spending more money than any of the candidates.
representaive michelle bachmann of minnesota, who won the iowa straw poll in august, placed a distant sixth. bachmann summarily ended her presidential aspirations at a press conference, admitting, "the people of iowa have spoken." former utah governor john huntsman finished seventh.
said democracy now journalist & host amy goodman, "the 2012 presidential election promises to be long, contentious, extremely expensive & perhaps more negative than any in history."
- mark j. tuggle
- harlem, usa
- same-gender-loving contemporary descendant of enslaved africans. community activist, feminist, health educator, independent filmmaker, mentor, playwright, poet & spiritual being. featured at, in & on africana.com, afrikan poetry theatre, angel herald, bejata dot com, bet tonight with tavis smiley, blacklight online, black noir, brooklyn moon cafe, gmhc's barbershop, klmo-fm, lgbt community services center, longmoor productions, nuyorican poets cafe, our corner, poz, pulse, rolling out new york, rush arts gallery, saint veronica's church, schomburg center for research in black culture, sexplorations, the citizen, the new york times, the soundz bar, the trenton times, the village voice, upn news, uzuri, venus, vibe, wbai-fm, wnyc-fm & wqht-fm. volunteered with adodi, bailey house, inc., black men's xchange-new york, colorofchange.org, drug policy alliance, east harlem tutorial program, imagenation film & music festival, presente.org, save darfur coalition, the enough project, the osborne association, the sledge group & your black world. worked on films with maurice jamal & heather murphy. writing student of phil bertelsen & ed bullins. firstname.lastname@example.org.