Romney Wins Michigan By Two Delegates

Santorum campaign slams “backroom deal.” State GOP awards victory to Romney in rules change. State Committeeman says there was just a misunderstanding.

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The Michigan Republican Party has awarded a victory in the Michigan primary last night, awarding him the state’s two at-large delegates in addition to the 14 he won by congressional district.

The Associated Press reported today that the credentials committee changed the party rules to give the two delegates to Romney, instead of dividing them proportionally, which would have resulted in a 15-15 tie with Rick Santorum.

Saul Anuzis, the Michigan Republican National Committeeman, denied that the rule was changed, saying the party always intended for the winner of the most votes in the state to receive both at-large delegates.

Anuzis explains the confusion:

“Regrettably, there was an error in the memo drafted and sent to the respective campaigns. There were questions raised at the time the memo was drafted as to whether the legal language used was accomplishing the goal of the committee and we were advised that it was, but now it is clear that the memo did not properly communicate the intent of the committee. The email traffic surrounding the drafting of the memo in early February makes explicitly clear what the intent of the committee was.”

Santorum Campaign Slams “Backroom Deal”

Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director, said: “There’s just no way this is happening. We’ve all heard rumors that Mitt Romney was furious that he spent a fortune in his home state, had all the political establishment connections and could only manage a tie Rick Santorum. But we never thought the Romney campaign would try to rig the outcome of an election by changing the rules after the vote. This kind of back room dealing political thuggery just cannot and should not happen in America.”

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