Santorum the Official Winner in Iowa, and the Official Loser Is … Iowa

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Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum holds his wife Karen while speaking to supporters after announcing he was endorsed by the Influential evangelical Christian leaders, during a rally at his South Carolina campaign headquarters, on January 14, 2012 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Iowa Republican Party chairman Matthew Strawn, who'd previously waffled on whether anyone had in fact won his state's hotly contested caucuses, finally declared evangelical sweetheart Rick Santorum the winner in a statement yesterday. While certainly not great news for Romney, the fact that he was able to claim a win on election night did him more good than this news will likely do for Santorum, who's still struggling to get a toehold in South Carolina, which votes in its primary today. But the real loser in all this is without a question the caucuses themselves. Political observer David Yepsen told the Des Moines Register that the bumbled vote count "really jeopardizes the future of the event," adding, "Iowa was just indicted for not being able to add. We look silly."