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Romney 2008 vs. 2012: The numbers

Last night, Mitt Romney received fewer votes at the Iowa caucus than he did when he came in a distant second to Mike Huckabee in 2008—even after campaigning in the state for five whole years and making a sharp turn to the right to appeal to Tea Party voters. Here are the numbers:

2008: Romney received 30,021 votes in the Iowa caucus. CNN reported with 100 percent of precincts reporting that Romney had received 30,021 votes in the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses.

2012: Romney received 30,015 votes in the 2012 Iowa caucus.