Mitt, Rick to Nearly Split Michigan Delegates Santorum takes votes from north, west of state By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Feb 29, 2012 3:55 AM CST 1 comment Comments Rick Santorum speaks at his primary election night party, in Grand Rapids as his daughter, Elizabeth right listens. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Newser) – Rick Santorum narrowly lost the popular vote in Michigan's GOP primary, but he has a consolation prize: nearly half of the state's delegates. Santorum, who won six congressional districts in the north and west of the state, will have at least 12 of the state's 30 voting delegates at the Republican National Convention, while Mitt Romney will have at least 14, according to the Detroit Free Press. Romney now has a total of 163 delegates, while Santorum has 83 delegates, Newt Gingrich has 32, and Ron Paul has 19. Exit polls showed that the biggest issue on voters' minds was jobs, and close to half of those who listed that as their first priority picked Romney. Santorum won the votes of close to half of those who called themselves very conservative—but Romney did better among those who called themselves somewhat conservative, moderate, or liberal. Many expressed frustration with the long and bruising battle among the candidates. "I was almost half tempted to write in Mickey Mouse," said one voter in western Michigan. She picked Romney instead.