Iowa caucus results 2012: Which path will Romney take from here

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    Iowa caucus results 2012 are tighter than anyone would have imagined. Meanwhile people wonder as to Which path will Romney take from here

    The Republican presidential nomination race reached New Hampshire this Wednesday. Both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum arrived there, while Romney just eked out a win of only eight votes against the surging candidacy of Santorum. So far Romney has proven to be the favorite in the primary just six days away.

    But his opponents are leaving no stone unturned to make this race very difficult for him and no dollar of nastiness is being spared in this effort.

    Newt Gingrich faced a barrage of searing attacks from Romney’s supporters and came fourth in Iowa. He indicated during a speech in Iowa this Tuesday night that he was angry with Romney and Romney could expect a return attack from him in the days before voting here.

    On CNN Romney said last night, “I understand the speaker is disappointed, and of course he goes on with his campaign. I understand there will be a lot of attacks coming my way. That’s the nature of process. But I’ve got broad shoulders.”

    The caucuses are expected to reap the harvest despite very uncertain results in the Iowa voting.

    Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota came in second-to-last in Iowa and had plans to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Eastern time amid rife rumours that she is quitting the race. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas came fifth and said that he would return to Texas to “assess” his candidacy.

    Santorum is a former Pennsylvania senator and favorite among evangelical voters. The victory has provided him with a chance to emerge as the alternative to Romney in New Hampshire and then the South Carolina primary later this month.

    Santorum has said, “Being here in Iowa has made me a better candidate. Don’t sell America short. Don’t put someone out there from Iowa who isn’t capable of doing what America needs done.”

    Santorum has been written off as a bottom-tier candidate for most of the campaign. He would be giving interviews on Thursday morning, following which he had plans in a town hall in Northfield, a lunch at the Tilt’n Diner in Tilton, an address at the College Convention in Concord and a town hall in Windham.

    The candidates are expected to face the lashes of weather as they arrive since the Arctic chill that has plunged New Hampshire into a deep freeze. It would be augmented by the freezing welcome of Former Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah.

    The schedules of the candidates are packed for the next six days. The major of the schedule are two debates this weekend, the first since before the Christmas break and a chance for the candidates to reframe their arguments given the Iowa results.

    Gingrich has pledged to press forward despite his disappointing finish. He said, “There will be a great debate in the Republican Party before we are prepared to have a great debate with Barack Obama.”