JANUARY 06 2012 VOLUME 43 ISSUE 01 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
‘A beautiful soul’
Romney edges anti-gay formersenator by just 8 votes in Iowa;
Bachmann drops out
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Editor’s note: The Blade will have staff in New Hampshire tocover next week’s primary. Visit washingtonblade.com forupdated coverage next week.
DES MOINES, Iowa — In the closest outcome in thehistory of the Iowa caucuses, former MassachusettsGov. Mitt Romney edged former Sen. Rick Santorumby just eight votes Tuesday to win the ﬁrst contestof the 2012 election.With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Romneyhad 30,015 votes while Santorum had 30,007,according to Matt Strawn, chair of the Iowa Republicanparty. In terms of percentages, both Santorum andRomney claimed 24.5 percent of the vote.The dead heat in the Iowa caucuses, in whicha record 122,255 Iowa Republicans participated,raises questions about whether Romney canattract support from the party’s conservative base.Santorum was widely viewed as the most virulentlyanti-LGBT member of Congress during his tenurein the Senate. He now heads to New Hampshire,which holds the nation’s ﬁrst primary next Tuesday,to see if he can extend his surge beyond Iowa, where
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nearly won Iowa’s caucuses this week, raisingquestions about frontrunner Mitt Romney’s support amongconservative Republicans.
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Santorum hopes tocontinue surge into N.H.
Go Time in Md.
Legislature returns nextweek to debate marriage,trans rights bills withGov. O’Malley’s support.
The local LGBT community thisweek is mourning the loss of musicianPeter Fox, who died Monday aftera short battle with central nervoussystem lymphoma. He was 45.A funeral is scheduled for todayat 10 a.m. at Foundry UnitedMethodist ChurchSee page 21 for a full tributeto Fox and remembrances fromlocal friends and fans. Also visitwashingtonblade.com for more onhis remarkable career, includingthe text of a 2011 Pride essay Foxwrote for the Blade on his comingout experience.
‘He was a true artist,’ musician Tom Nichols said of his
. ‘He had a unique ability to make everysingle person he encountered feel like they were the onlyperson in the room.’
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Leather enthusiasts setto descend on D.C.next weekend for annualMid-Atlantic Leather.