The votes are in! Now here are the results and reactions from the Iowa Caucuses: 

Mitt Romney beat Santorum by a slim margin of 0.1%, which CNN reports was just 8 votes. 

Rick Santorum, feeling confident about his campaign, tells ABC News, “A win here is a start. It’s not the culmination, it’s the beginning.

Ron Paul came in third place with 21.4%, gaining a large proportion of the independent and youth votes. 

Newt Gingrich, finishing fourth with 13.3% of the vote, took a clear shot at Romney congratulating Santorum on a positive campaign, but adding, “I wish I could say that for all the candidates,ABC News.

Rick Perry with a disappointing fifth place finish expelled rumors of him stepping out of the race by tweeting “And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina!!!“ Christian Science Monitor 

And in sixth place came Michele Bachmann, who decided to suspend her campaign for presidency and backed out by saying: “Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside,” CBS Political Hotsheet reports.

So what does all this mean? Well, Jon Huntsman, who skipped Iowa to focus his attention on New Hampshire, says the results are “unbelievably ambiguous,” and that “no one in New Hampshire cares about what happened there” (Politico). 

What do you think the Iowa results indicate about the election to come? 

(Map from PBS 2012 Political Map Center)