This should help clear it up, because the media is all over the place from one outlet to the next about who won how many delegates. Romney, Santorum, and Paul: How many delegates will each candidate get? - Slate Magazine The media has no way of knowing delegate totals at this point. What if Perry, Newt, and Santorum drop out? Any delegates that were going to commit to them would become unbound and up for grabs. This is what is meant when people say this is a representative republic, and not a democracy. The candidates are protected from the tyranny of the majority and can still win delegates regardless of how they do in the voting. This isn't the case in every state, as some are winner take all. But in a place like Iowa, it is.