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In the closest race ever in the Iowa Caucuses, Mitt Romney beat Rick Santorum by a margin of eight votes, causing Rick Perry to suspend his campaign and leaving a bitter taste in Newt Gingrich‘s mouth.
Gingrich blamed attack ads, funded by super PACs supported by Romney followers, for his poor showing of 13% of the vote; Gingrich’s remarks, as well as the entirety of the GOP candidates’ battle for Iowa, elicited a torrent of comments from pundits on Twitter as they gave the play-by-play of Tuesday’s showdown.
With typical biting sarcasm The Daily Show‘s account wrote: “#TDSBreakingNews @NewtGingrich calls @MittRomney a liar. Romney returns fire, calls his revial ‘Newt Gingrich.’ #harsh.”
Meanwhile, Stewart’s fellow pundit on the cable network, Stephen Colbert, projected the mock ignorance of his conservative alter ego.
“I learned a lot covering the Iowa caucuses,” Colbert enthused on the micro-blogging site. “For instance: Iowa and Idaho are not the same place. Uh oh, I’m becoming a geography nerd!”
Donald Trump took the opportunity to project — or parody? — his trademark egotism.
“It’s no wonder
@RickSantorumis surging in Iowa – he agreed to participate in the Newsmax- @iontv debate!,” Trump tweeted, referencing the Republican presidential debate of which he was dropped as moderator.
ABC News’ Diane Sawyer was less cynical than her Twitter brethren.
“Tonight: Iowa does democracy. A simple piece of a paper- the name of your vote- surrounded by neighbors. What is more empowering than that?” she wrote.
With Romney’s Iowa victory, and Santorum gaining momentum in the polls, the candidates — including Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul — and are moving on to their next destinations in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
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