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Iowans 'Edith And Carolyn' Instant Stars After Caucus Call From CNN

(From AFP) - In the wee hours of Wednesday morning the world learned the results of the Iowa caucuses from an unlikely source: Edith and Carolyn, of Iowa's Clinton County.

As CNN's exhausted news team tracked the results of the photo-finish between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, the rural eastern county appeared to be the last holdout as the vote-counting stretched past 1:00 a.m. local time. 

But when CNN reached Clinton County Republican chairwoman Edith Pfeffer at home, she insisted she had sent in the results hours earlier and recited the numbers to anchorman John King.

When he pointed out that the results did not match those given by state officials, she broke in, saying: "What do you mean the numbers don't match!"

Click here to watch the exchange between King and Edith.  

Pfeffer's numbers turned out to be correct, and a few minutes later State Iowa Republican Party chairman Matt Strawn announced that Romney had won by a mere eight votes out of 120,000 cast.

Edith had been woken up by Carolyn Tallett, the president of Clinton County Republican Women, who also spoke on the phone to CNN. The two immediately began trending on Twitter, and CNN called them back after announcing the results.

"I'm just amazed because really and truly my people did call this in tonight and I don't know where the glitch was," Edith said.

"I did hear from the Romney campaign around 11:20pm, and I gave them the figures, and then I went to bed, and it's been kind of interesting," she added.

Carolyn also appeared surprised, saying: "I guess if I hadn't answered my phone the mystery would still be going on, wouldn't it?"

At one point CNN's celebrity host Anderson Cooper -- speaking on what he called the "best live phone call ever" -- told Carolyn that she was trending worldwide and asked if they were "big on the Twitter."

"Not so good," she replied. "I just got an iPad for Christmas but I don't know how to work it yet."

To watch the live 'thank you' callback from CNN to both Edith and Carolyn later, click here.

 

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