Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh gave an in-depth analysis of the results from yesterday’s Iowa caucus.

Limbaugh started his monologue by playfully gloating over the fact that many political analysts were incorrect when they predicted that the GOP presidential nomination would come down to a fight between former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. He also went on to say that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was the “loser” from last night’s caucus because he didn’t get enough votes.

Who did Limbaugh think was the winner ?

The clear and evident winner from last night’s caucus, according to the talk show host, was former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

“Santorum won last night. That’s the bottom line here. Romney did not increase over what he got in 2008 with a little bit higher turnout,” Limbaugh said today on his show.

“Ron Paul, coming in third, as he did with as many independents—it’s over. This was not a big night for Ron Paul. When you get down to brass tacks it was a disappointment,” Limbaugh said.

He then went on to talk about a “ticked-off” Newt Gingrich and predicted that the former Speaker of the House will most likely remain in the race just to inflict damage on Mitt Romney. It’s personal, according to Limbaugh.

“He’s mad. Newt is ticked off. He is livid over the negative ads that Romney ran – well, Romney’s PAC – ran against him in Iowa. And it’s true! It’s safe to say that Romney’s ads took Newt out,” Limbaugh said. “Newt’s not getting out. Newt’s in this to destroy Romney now.”

And Limbaugh may not be too far off in his prediction. Earlier today, Gingrich went on the offensive against Romney.

“Governor Romney was first an independent, then repudiated Reagan-Bush, then voted for Paul Tsongas, the most liberal candidate in the ’92 campaign, then ran to the left of Teddy Kennedy in 1994, then became a moderate to run for governor in 2002, and then with Romneycare, for example, that included state-funded abortions and specifically designating Planned Parenthood as a part of Romneycare, appointed liberal judges in order to placate Democrats and raised taxes on businesses, which I think is a job-killing approach,” Gingrich said in one very comprehensive sentence.

“I find it amazing that the news media continues to say he’s the most electable Republican when he can’t even break out of his own party,” Gingrich went on to say, adding finally: “Governor Romney will get the message.”

Hear Limbaugh’s take on last night’s caucus results:

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