Rick Cries Foul as Mitt Gets Extra Michigan Delegate

We explained the rules wrong, state GOP says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2012 2:03 AM CST
Updated Mar 2, 2012 6:32 AM CST
Rick Cries Foul as Mitt Gets Extra Mich. Delegate
Rick Santorum speaks at his primary election night party, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Michigan's GOP has outraged Rick Santorum's campaign by flip-flopping on how delegates are awarded. Before this week's primary, officials repeatedly said two delegates would be awarded for each congressional district, with two at-large delegates to be split between candidates who received more than 15% of the vote. Santorum and Mitt Romney each stood to gain 15 delegates under those rules—leading Santorum's campaign to declare Michigan a tie. But the party now says those two delegates will be awarded on a winner-takes-all basis.

Romney, who took 41% of the popular vote to Santorum's 38%, will now receive 16 delegates, while Santorum gets 14. The Michigan GOP says it decided on winner-take-all last month, but explained the rules wrong. Even some Romney supporters in the party called the decision unfair to Santorum, and said that winning the one extra delegate could harm Romney more than it hurts him if it sparks feelings of injustice among anti-Romney Republicans voters, ABC notes. (More convention delegates stories.)

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