Rick Santorum was optimistic on Tuesday that the final recount of votes in the Iowa caucus might put him in first place.

“It’d be awesome to find out now that I won that state. What better time to get a little bump in winning Iowa?” Santorum said on Fox News.

It was originally reported that Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucuses by just 8 votes, with Santorum in second place. Romney then swept to first place in New Hampshire’s primary the following week.

The Iowa Republican party is still certifying the final results of the tight vote.

Santorum referred to the possibility he actually won the state at campaign events in South Carolina on Tuesday.

Santorum is fighting for third place in recent South Carolina polling and placed fourth in New Hampshire’s primary vote. Romney continues to poll well in front in South Carolina and nationally, but Santorum dismissed as “silly” the idea that the former Massachusetts governor already has the Republican nomination locked up.

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