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January 5th, 2012

Questions Raised As RPI Begins Certification of Caucus Results

The Republican Party of Iowa is mum on a report that 20 votes were mistakenly given to Mitt Romney in an Appanoose County precinct at Tuesday night’s caucuses. Edward True, a Ron Paul supporter who overlooked the ballot counting process at his precinct, said that Romney received two votes, not the 22 that are shown on the Republican Party of Iowa’s precinct results database.

Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI asked the Republican Party of Iowa to comment, but party officials have refused to do so.  If the vote total is wrong as Mr. True suggests, then Rick Santorum is the winner of the 2012 caucuses, not Mitt Romney.

A spokesperson for the Republican Party of Iowa told KCCI that since Mr. True is not a precinct captain or county chairperson, he has no business talking about the election results.  That shouldn’t matter since every campaign is allowed to have a person over see the counting of the ballots as well as the right to monitor the call to the tabulation center.  If True was an observer on caucus night in his precinct, then he is well within his rights to question the results.

An official with the Iowa GOP said that he was aware of True’s allegation and that the Republican Party of Iowa was already in the process of certifying all of the state’s nearly 1800 precincts.  The Iowa GOP has 14 days to certify the results and they do expect to find errors such as transposed numbers and other irregularities.  Not until all of the precincts are certified will we actually know how close the race actually was or whether or not Santorum actually won the race.

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Statement from Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn Regarding Appanoose County Caucus Results

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn statement regarding Appanoose County caucus results:

“Iowa GOP rules provide for a two-week certification process for each of the 1,774 precincts.  The Iowa GOP will announce the final, certified results of the 2012 Iowa Causes following this process. Out of respect to the candidates involved, party officials we will not respond to every rumor, innuendo or allegation during the two week process.  That said, Iowa GOP officials have been in contact with Appanoose County Republican officials tonight and do not have any reason to believe the final, certified results of Appanoose County will change the outcome of Tuesday’s vote.”

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Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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