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Panel: Delay Naming Caucus Winner If Margin Small



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A committee appointed to review Iowa caucus procedures after Republicans initially named the wrong winner last January is suggesting the GOP not name a winner when the margin between the top two candidates is 1 percent or less.
 
The group, meeting Monday in Sioux City, also recommends shortening the certification process to 72 hours to ensure results before the New Hampshire primary. Those recommendations and eight others are designed to avoid future embarrassment.
 
The GOP named Mitt Romney winner of the Jan. 3 caucuses but two weeks later certified Rick Santorum as the winner. The nation's first presidential contest is closely watched and the Republican party was criticized for caucus errors.
 
To help improve the process, Republicans appointed the Caucus Review Committee, which recommended additions to the party's bylaws.
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