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With No Clear Winner, Republicans Look Ahead to New Hampshire

January 4, 2012 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Blogger Tumblr

(Washington, DC) - Log Cabin Republicans statement on the results of the Iowa caucuses, in which Governor Mitt Romney and Senator Rick Santorum essentially tied.

"While there is no clear winner in Iowa tonight, the long-term victory over Barack Obama will require a Republican who can unite and expand the Republican Party," said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. "Of the candidates who participated in the Iowa caucuses, Governor Mitt Romney was one of the best on issues affecting LGBT Americans. By contrast, Senator Santorum rose by appealing to a uniquely socially conservative electorate. The divisive social issue politics which helped Santorum's campaign in Iowa will only hurt him in New Hampshire and beyond as voters learn more about his record. Winning the White House will require the politics of addition, not division. It is very early in what promises to be a long and drawn-out nomination process, and Log Cabin Republicans are confident that ultimately our party will select the candidate with the best chance to win the White House. Rick Santorum is not that candidate. As the nomination process moves forward, Log Cabin Republicans suggest all of the candidates reject Santorum's politics of division and win by focusing on the issues that matter most to Americans - jobs and the economy. If using gay and lesbian Americans as a wedge can't score enough political points to win more than 25 percent in Iowa, it certainly won't help the Republican nominee in November."