January 4, the morning after the Iowa caucus:

“A win is a win,” one [Romney] aide kept repeating to nobody in particular.

Mitt Romney today, after learning that Rick Santorum won by 34 votes:

The results from Iowa caucus night revealed a virtual tie. I would like to thank the Iowa Republican Party for their careful attention to the caucus process, and we once again recognize Rick Santorum for his strong performance in the state. The Iowa caucuses, with record turnout, were a great start to defeating President Obama in Iowa and elsewhere in the general election.

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