Newt won with 40% of the vote, which should kill Romney’s heat for the time being. Romney’s expensive political machine could only buy him a second-place finish with 28% of the vote. Santorum’s star faded to third, with 17% of the vote, and Ron Paul placed fourth with 13% of the vote, which was about as expected (although this result was considerably better than 2008’s 3.6%).
The race is still muddled, obviously. Santorum’s not looking good right now, and since he couldn’t get any heat from Iowa until it was too late, his campaign is probably dead. Romney’s invincibility is now a thing of the past, and I don’t think he’ll recover very well from it. I don’t care about Newt, and don’t think he’ll make a good candidate or president. I’m not sure what to make of Ron Paul’s situation