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A county chairwoman had to be woken in the middle of the night before the final votes that secured Mitt Romney's win in the Iowa caucus came in (AP)

A county chairwoman had to be woken in the middle of the night before the final votes that secured Mitt Romney's win in the Iowa caucus came in (AP)

A county chairwoman had to be woken in the middle of the night before the final votes that secured Mitt Romney's win in the Iowa caucus came in (AP)

The final votes that helped Mitt Romney win the Iowa caucuses arrived only after a county chairwoman was woken in a panic after midnight.

Votes in the final precinct were added to the total early on Wednesday morning, giving Mr Romney a victory over Rick Santorum of just eight votes.

It also made for a memorable night for Edith Pfeffer, the Clinton County Republican Party chairwoman.

Ms Pfeffer got a call from the Romney campaign asking what the figures were for the missing precinct because they had not been recorded.

She said she gave the figures - 51 for Romney, 33 for Santorum - and went to bed.

But she was soon awoken by a friend banging on her windows and was told she needed to report the figures to the state party.

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