Indiana Congressman Larry Bucshon didn't stay up to see the final results of the Iowa Caucuses, which took place Tuesday.
But with the 2012 GOP primaries looming, he was pleased to see such a close race.
Mitt Romney squeaked out the victory, edging Rick Santorum by eight votes.
Ron Paul came in third, followed by Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann.
On Wednesday, while on a tour at Great Dane Trailers, Bucshon told The Brazil Times he believes the 2012 GOP race will be close, possibly for all the primaries.
"I think it shows this is a competitive race," he said. "In my view, the top two candidates are well-liked. I'm looking forward to the rest of the race."
Throughout Tuesday evening, the race was neck-and-neck, with either Romney or Santorum pulling ahead, but never by many votes.
Paul had a comfortable lead in third place, with Gingrich, Perry and Bachmann trailing.
As the evening progressed, each candidate spoke to his or her supporters.
Paul said he was pleased with third-place, while Gingrich vowed to continue fighting.
While speaking with his supporters, Perry said he was heading back to his home state of Texas to reassess his situation before moving forward.
Late Tuesday evening, Bachmann told her supporters she planned to keep moving forward with her campaign. However, according to reports, Bachmann suspended her campaign Wednesday afternoon.
Bucshon said the more competitive the race is will be a good thing.
"It makes everyone better," he said. "I think the primary process is a healthy thing. I hope the race is still going when they get to Indiana in May."
Bucshon said he would not endorse a candidate in the race.