UPDATE: Romney Gets 16 Michigan Delegates, Santorum 14

Republican committee votes to award the state's two at-large delegates to the Michigan native, who won the popular vote in Tuesday's primary.

Update, 4:30 p.m. Thursday: A Michigan Republican committee voted Thursday to award 16 of the state's 30 delegates to the Republican National Convention to Mitt Romney and the remaining 14 to Rick Santorum.

Michigan's Tuesday Republican presidential primary showed the candidates splitting the state's delegates, though Romney won the popular vote.

The committee voted 4-2 to give Romney Michigan's two at-large delegates, according to MIRS.

Michigan Republicans award delegates based on congressional districts – two for each of the state's 14 districts – and two more awarded by the statewide vote.

2 p.m. Wednesday: Mitt Romney's campaign got Tuesday night after learning that the candidate had won the popular vote in Republican presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona.

The Michigan native took 41 percent of the overall vote in Michigan, compared with Santorum's 38 percent, and easily won Arizona 47 percent to 27 percent.

Many major media outlets are saying Tuesday's primary successes are exactly what Romney's campaign needed to boost momentum before 10 states hold primaries next week on what is called Super Tuesday.

However, Santorum's campaign is also calling Michigan a success, in light of reports Wednesday that the two candidates will likely split Michigan's 30 delegates nearly in half.

"Strategically, we were targeting delegates more than anything else," said John Brabender, a senior advisor for the Santorum campaign, during a conference call Wednesday afternoon.

The call was held in hopes of changing the storyline of the outcome of the Michigan primary in Santorum's favor, Brabender said.

"Despite outspending us by a great amount and being on his own turf, we managed to tie in Michigan," he said. "And that is a disaster for Romney."

Two delegates are awarded for each of Michigan's 14 congressional districts won by a candidate and two additional delegates are awarded to the candidate with the highest overall vote.

Romney won seven congressional districts in southeast Michigan and the Thumb, while Santorum, former senator of Pennsylvania, won six districts in west and northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

The results of the 13th District, the last to be counted, still aren't final, but it seems likely it will go to Santorum. It includes the east side of Detroit, the Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods and several downriver communities. It would be the only southeast Michigan district won by Santorum.

If Santorum wins it, the two candidates will split the congressional delegates evenly.

hartland eagle April 07, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Uh, like I said. Lawsuit filed. Judge already intervened. Lots more to come on this.
Ed Lambert April 07, 2012 at 01:02 PM
"Uh, like I said. Lawsuit filed. Judge already intervened. Lots more to come on this." - hartland eagle I now refer you to an article in today's Detroit News regarding the matter. In 2009 the Democratics passed 242 bills for immediate effect and were signed by Granholm (now of Current TV, Gore's network). Tell me, hartland, what is your complaint?
Ed Lambert April 07, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Marty, thanks for responding. I must say that hartland will now have to do some head-scratching to justify Daily Kos's and his complaint about a GOP legislature aping a Democrat legislature acting just before the turnover of 2010. Regarding the GM bankrupcy, we have a case of Obama exquisitely demonstrating what he meant by people giving their "fair share": The settlement resulted in the company's investors--that includes lots of people in the middle class--losing big time on their investments while the UAW--the Democrat Party's big cash cow--acquired substantial ownershipm, having no record of corporate investment in GM.
hartland eagle April 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Democrats called for a roll call vote. Republican leadership ignored them, because they didn't have the votes to get immediate effect. No one's disputing the ability to vote in immediate effect. The issue is that the GOP blatantly and purposely ignored the rule of law, to ram in their discriminatory, union bashing agenda. It won't be lost on the general public. Fox News disciples excluded, of course.
Jordan Genso April 08, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I think some of the commenters here need to google the "tu quoque" logical fallacy. If the Democratic Party did what the Tea Party Republicans are doing now, then shame on the Democrats. That doesn't change the fact that what the Republicans are doing is unethical and more improtantly, highly unconstitutional & illegal. To all of the Republicans, I will go on the record stating this in reference to what is happening in DC (a separate issue from what is happening in Lansing): If the Democratic Party ever becomes the minority in the Senate, and they mimic what the Tea Party Republicans are currently doing, obstructing anything and everything, I will criticize the Democrats for it. If that is to occur, are you going to defend the Democrats by saying "well the Republicans did it too, so it's no big deal"?


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