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Iowa GOP now says Santorum won caucuses

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Republican Party has declared Rick Santorum the winner of the Iowa caucuses.

   GOP State Chairman Matt Strawn and the party's State Central Committee have issued a statement naming the former Pennsylvania senator as the winner. They say they are doing so "to clarify conflicting reports and to affirm the results" that were released earlier this week.

   On Wednesday, the committee said Santorum was 34 votes ahead of Mitt Romney. But the next day, the state GOP chief said no winner could be declared because eight precincts hadn't turned in certified results.

   Two central committee members told The Associated Press that the group held a conference call last night to discuss the "confusion" about the results of the caucuses and directed Strawn to issue a statement making it clear that the party considered Santorum the winner.

   Right after the Jan. 3 caucuses, the party said Romney had won by eight votes.

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