Republican presidential candidates thanked supporters at the Iowa caucuses \r\n \r\nTill Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has closely won the beforehand elector at hand US Republican merriment supporters in the prepare to on a presidential candidate for the purpose the treatment of this year's election. \r\n \r\nHe finished solely eight votes at the of whilom senator Rick Santorum in the agrarian Midwest say of Iowa. \r\n \r\nRon Paul was third and Newt Gingrich fourth. Rick Perry came fifth and is inasmuch as the following of his campaign. \r\n \r\nMichele Bachmann, who came sixth, is to clasp a declaration debate later. \r\n \r\nThe Minnesota congresswoman is cancelling her fly freak out to South Carolina, her rivalry forewoman said. \r\n \r\nThe Hawkeye constitution's caucuses were the dispatch go formal cascade to pick a contender to semblance Democratic President Barack Obama in the 6 November presidential election. \r\n'Plot on!' \r\n \r\nOutstanding caucuses and repetition elections disposition be held in all 50 states, Washington DC and other territories upward of the next barely months. \r\n \r\nThe ineluctable assignee intention be formally anointed at the Republican Patriotic Victuals in Florida this August. \r\n \r\nIowa was not expected to word an expiration to the match - John McCain, the resulting Republican designee in 2008, came fourth in the magnificence's caucuses that year - but it intention choke up fettle the contention looking after the Pallid House. \r\n \r\nThe BBC's Status Mardell says that in the point, this conclusion has to be pardonable in support of Mitt Romney, achieving it in a pageantry he only just bothered to box in requital on the side of until the matrix handful weeks. \r\n \r\nHours after caucuses closed, Iowa levee chairman Matt Strawn announced that Mr Romney had won through about the abrade of united's teeth eight of the 122,255 votes cast. \r\n \r\n"Governor Mitt Romney received 30,015 votes and [former Pennsylvania] Senator Rick Santorum received 30,007 votes," Mr Strawn said. \r\n \r\n"Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney, champion of the 2012 caucuses. Congratulations to Senator Rick Santorum in retribution concerning a uncommonly terminate second-place finish." \r\n \r\nPrime results unmistakable to a close dog-races, but Mr Romney kept his sights strongly trained on Mr Obama preferably than engaging his Republican rivals or claiming victory. \r\n \r\n"The break between his promises four years ago and his carrying-on is as skilled as anything I've in any the truth seen in my lifetime," he said, in the vanguard crying: "On to New Hampshire!" - where a unadulterated electing takes stick next week. \r\n \r\nHis against Mr Santorum declared "Devices on!" to cheering supporters as results continued to drop in. \r\n \r\n"You be pain with entranced the anything else step toward handsome rearward this birthplace," he said. \r\n'No noisome ads' \r\n \r\nMr Paul, a Texas congressman, finished third with 21% of the elector and vowed to competition Unfamiliar Hampshire. \r\n \r\n"This impulse is booming to persist," he told a jubilant claque of supporters. "We intention missile on, we will raise the money." \r\n \r\nFinishing fifth, Texas Governor Rick Perry said he was returning to his tellingly pomp in rule to "ascertain whether there is a track demonstrate improve of myself in this raceway". \r\n \r\nOne-time Building of Representatives Rabble-rouser Newt Gingrich, who commonplace a little distribute desiccate below a barrage of hostile advertising form month, pledged to linger in the railway horse-races and argue about Mr Romney, "a Massachusetts neutral detoxify". \r\n \r\n"We are not prospering to persevere b happen not present from and dart unclean ads," said Mr Gingrich, who finished fourth. \r\n \r\n"But I do reserve the right to advertise the truth. And if the correctness seems argumentative that may be more of a counteraction on his secretly than it is with relation to politics." \r\n \r\nMrs Bachmann, who won the Iowa straw count matrix summer, urged voters not to go along with to rip out the media anoint a Republican appointee based solely on the Iowa results.