By Emari Traffie – 01/04/12

If you think your vote doesn’t count, you’re wrong. Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucus by eight votes.

After a long night, Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn, announced the results of the 2012 Iowa Caucus. Romney finished with 30,015 votes and Rick Santorum took 30,007.

Romney may have technically won but the night belonged to Santorum. In the last few days he surged with his strong family values message.

Former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele credits Santorum’s remarkable success on his grassroots campaign in all 99 Iowa counties.

“You didn’t notice what he was doing. And he wasn’t running around telling you he was doing it.  And so you wake up right now and go ‘Oh, snap!’ He just won Iowa.”

He had some solid advice for Romney.

“Stop being a salesman and be the guy who cares about the unemployed worker. And be the guy who understands what it’s like to put on a pair of shoes with a hole in it. To be the guy who understands what it’s like to sit in a class where you’re not learning.”

Ron Paul, came in third at 21 percent and Newt Gingrich in fourth with 13. Perry headed back to Texas to reassess his campaign after collecting 10 percent of the votes. The only female candidate, Michelle Bachman, finished dead last with five percent of the vote and dropped out of the race this morning.

Jon Huntsman, who skipped Iowa altogether, only took 1 percent.

The Republican Party has two weeks to release the final certified results of the caucus.