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Mitt Romney Tops Rick Santorum in Iowa Photo Finish

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (above) received 30,015 votes to former Sen. Rick Santorum's 30,007 in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night.

GOP caucus-goers picked their candidates during a single round of secret ballot voting in all of the state’s 1,774 precincts. The vote is not binding, and Iowa Republicans will send their allotted 28 delegates to the Republican National Convention to pick the nominee later this spring.

Nonetheless, Iowa caucuses mark the first major test for GOP presidential candidates in 2012. As the results trickled in to the Iowa Republican Party, GOP officials started calling for some candidates, especially Bachmann, to consider dropping out of the race.

Bachmann invested heavily in her native Iowa, but her campaign quickly sunk in the polls after her first-place finish at the Ames Straw Poll in August. On Fox News on Tuesday evening, Bachmann’s former campaign manager, Ed Rollins, joined the GOP chorus insisting she should leave the race.

But Bachmann did not address the future of her campaign in her remarks to supporters or even hint that she’s reconsidering her campaign.

“There are many more chapters to be written on the path to our party’s nomination,” she told supporters, quipping there “may be even another Michele in the White House” next year.

Local reports estimated 123,000 Republicans turned out this year, slightly more than the 2008 GOP caucus turnout levels.

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