News junkies got their first big fix of the 2012 political season with a nail-biter finish at the Iowa caucuses. Willard M. Romney edged Rick Santorum by just eight votes. Eight. Both got 25 percent out of the record 122, 255 votes.
Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party Matt Strawn announced the photo-finish between Republican candidates, with Romney getting exactly 30,015 votes and Santorum bringing 30,007.
According to NBC News, Romney pulled in almost the same amount of support at the last Iowa caucuses. In 2008, he received 30,021 votes. So essentially, that's a net loss in the present of six votes.
This morning, Romney told NBC's Matt Lauer he's "absolutely delighted" by the results, but acknowledged it's going to be a "long road ahead" to the GOP nomination.
Santorum, his campaign now rejuvenated, last night declared "game on!"
Ron Paul came in third at 21 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, not so long ago a frontrunner in Iowa, finished fourth with 13 percent, followed by Rick Perry at 10 percent and Michele Bachmann at five percent.
After a fifth-place showing, Perry said he's going to re-consider his candidacy in the next few days.