Mitt Romney’s paltry 8-vote win Tuesday in the Iowa caucuses is “an indictment” against the Republican presidential hopeful, a top Democratic operative says.
Romney barely squeaked past the late-surging Rick Santorum in the nation’s first 2012 presidential race, reportedly the closest margin in Iowa history. He won with barely 25 percent of the vote.
The former Massachusetts governor also received fewer votes this year than he did back in his first White House run in 2008.
Following Romney’s seeming Pyrrhic victory of sorts, the executive director of the Democratic Party tweeted: “despite millions of dollars spent in a state where he’s been campaigning for 5 years, 76% of republicans dont want romney. an indictment.”
Democrats also touted a variety of media which also panned Romney’s bare win, from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who declared, “Mitt Romney has a problem—three-quarters of the Republican Party gets a really good look at him and says no,” to Talking Points Memo, which says: “Despite Romney’s heavy spending in Iowa and the five years he’s had to make his case to conservative voters, about 3/4 of caucus-goers last night chose someone other than the man who’s been making the case he’s the most electable for five years. More embarrassing for Romney: President Obama—who faced no competition—actually pulled out a competitive number of votes last night. Democrats say 25,000 Iowans turned out to caucus for the president.”
Romney and his rivals now move on to New Hampshire, where he is expected to due well next to his neighboring home state. However, after that the GOP pack moves on to more-competitive battlegrounds in South Carolina and Florida.