Thursday, March 1, 2012
Mich. GOP gives Romney edge in delegates won, 16-14
A Michigan Republican Party has awarded the two at-large delegates to Mitt Romney, giving him the edge from Tuesday's primary.
The GOP credentials committee made the decision late Wednesday night to give winner Romney 16 delegates and second-place finisher Rick Santorum 14, said John Yob, a Santorum campaign advisor.
"Rick Santorum encouraged Democrats in Michigan to hijack the Republican primary. Because his strategy failed and Mitt Romney won, he is now attacking the Republican Party," said Amanda Henneberg, Romney's spokesperson. "The Romney campaign respects the process as determined by the Michigan state party, and we are pleased that we have been awarded a majority of the delegates."
Santorum's campaign said Wednesday it expected a 15-15 tie with the delegates because both candidates won seven congressional districts. There was confusion over how the two at-large delegates would be distributed.
The committee voted 4-2 to give both delegates to Romney, who won the popular vote in the primary, 41 percent to 38 percent.
Yob said the same committee set the rules on the delegates before the election and now they are voting to break them because it threatens Romney.
"This move questions the legitimacy of the Michigan Republican Party leadership and proves the Romney team is willing to do anything to win the election including breaking party rules," Yob said.