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Iowa GOP Chair expected to step down

 

Matt Strawn is expected to step down as Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa soon, sources tell NBC News.

The exact timing and reason for the anticipated resignation is unknown.

Questions were raised about Strawn's continuation as Chairman of the GOP after the final Iowa Caucus votes came in earlier this month.

Mitt Romney was declared the winner of the caucus by 8 votes during the wee hours of the morning on caucus night. After the certified results came in nearly two weeks later, Rick Santorum pulled ahead of Romney by 34 votes.

The switch of winners was not the full extent of the discrepancy -- there were also 8 final precinct numbers missing.

The Party originally sent out a press release on Jan. 19th congratulating both Romney and Santorum without necessarily declaring a winner. Later that day, however, Strawn went on an Iowa radio station and began to change his tone on the subject and leaned towards saying Santorum was the winner.

Because of the confusion, the Iowa GOP was forced to send a press release on Jan. 20th stating: "In order to clarify conflicting reports and to affirm the results released January 18 by the Republican Party of Iowa, Chairman Matthew Strawn and the State Central Committee declared Senator Rick Santorum the winner of the 2012 Iowa Caucus."

One Iowa State Central Committee (SCC) member who had not heard about the possible resignation of Strawn told NBC News, "I certainly hope it isn't true. He's the best chairman we've had in Iowa as long as I've been active in politics."

The SCC holds their quarterly meeting next month.