After a long effort to stay on message and stick to discussing his ideas for the future, Newt Gingrich on Wednesday morning unloaded on Mitt Romney and Ron Paul in front of reporters here. Gingrich’s choice of targets was clearly quite deliberate, since Paul and Romney have spent millions attacking him directly in campaign ads, and indirectly through surrogates, over the past month. And now, it seems, Newt’s had enough. In one lengthy sentence, Gingrich recited his rendition of Romney’s biography. Among other things, Gingrich blasted Romney for backing “the most liberal” Democratic presidential candidate in 1992, for signing an abortion provision into the Massachusetts health care law passed under his leadership—and for being “to the left” of most in the party.
Mitt Romney wins the Iowa Caucus by 8 votes over Rick Santorum. Herman Cain (who dropped a couple weeks ago) and Buddy Roemer (who hasn’t been taken seriously by the GOP) combined to get 89 votes, and “No preference” garnered 135 votes.
It’s 7:50 ET and caucusing has not started yet. But as you can see in this screen grab, The Des Moines Register is ready. Even putting Herman “Uz-beki-beki-stan-stan” Cain and Buddy “Who?” Roemer on the list, along with that reclusive candidate, “Other.”