Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to the media at a campaign stop at Valley High School, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - Republican Rick Santorum is
declaring himself the winner in Iowa, saying it shows he can defeat
rival Mitt Romney. He's also vowing to stick with his bid for the GOP presidential nomination despite Thursday's decision by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to drop out of the race.
Republican officials say the final tally of votes from the Iowa caucuses show Santorum edging Romney by 34 votes. But they won't declare a winner because some votes still haven't come in. Romney had been declared the victor by eight votes.
The conservative Santorum also was endorsed Thursday by Focus on
the Family founder James Dobson, an influential conservative Christian leader.