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Vote-count claim could change Iowa winner

The outcome of Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses was thrown into question Thursday after reports of a discrepancy in the vote count in one rural precinct that could swing the result in Rick Santorum‘s favor.

It wasn’t until well after midnight Wednesday morning that the Iowa Republican Party announced that Mitt Romney had won the narrowest of victories over Santorum — just eight votes out of more than 120,000 cast in the statewide GOP gatherings.  State party chairman Matt Strawn noted at the time that a certified tally would not come for two more weeks.