Iowa caucus results: Romney edges Santorum; Paul finishes third

PHILIP ELLIOTT 01/ 4/12 12:49 AM ET AP WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he would head home "to determine whether there is a path forward" for his White House bid after he finished a distant fifth in the Iowa caucuses.

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Rick Santorum didn't attract much attention a few weeks ago. On December 15, the former Pennsylvania senator drew about 20 people, plus two reporters, to an event in the town of Sac City, Iowa.

As the votes from Tuesday's Iowa caucus begin rolling in, we have real-time results. The map below, provided by Google, breaks down the results by county, noting how many precincts have reported the outcome of their

The closest Iowa caucus results in history produced a near draw, with Mitt Romney winning by just eight votes over Rick Santorum and Ron Paul a close third.

The closest Iowa caucus results in history produced a near draw, with Mitt Romney winning by just eight votes over Rick Santorum and Ron Paul a close third.