Santorum certified winner in Iowa

USA Today:

It’s official: Rick Santorum has been certified with a 34-vote lead in the Iowa caucuses.

Don’t let Romney call it a “virtual tie” since he didn’t call it that for the last two weeks. That’s weak. And don’t let the DrudgeReport fool you, or USAToday fool you into thinking that there is no declared winner, the results are certified and final, and Rick Santorum is the winner.

update The stories are starting to come in now:

Rick Santorum trumpeted his new 34-vote big win over Mitt Romney in Iowa, saying it showed he can put together a victorious campaign and can defeat the former Massachusetts governor.

“We feel very, very good about what this win will mean,” Santorum said at a news conference  in a breezy park near the soaring Cooper River Bridge. “It says that we can win elections, we can organize, we can put together an effort to pull the resources together to be able to be successful in being the person who can defeat Mitt Romney. Because guess what? We defeated Mitt Romney in Iowa.”

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