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.