Update: Santorum May Pick up HALF of Michigan Delegates

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As the Santorum Campaign Predicted last night, the unofficial word is that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney will split Michigan’s delegates, in spite of Romney having won the state 41 percent to 38 percent.

As of the time of this blog, 26 Michigan’s delegates have been decided, with each candidate having picked up 13. Currently campaigning in Tennessee, Santorum told a crowd each candidate will walk away with 15 delegates. However, according to the Associated Press, the news might be better: with 98 percent of the precincts currently reporting, Santorum holds a slight lead and may actually come out ahead – with 17 to Romney’s 13.

This is able to happen because Michigan does not adhere to a “winner take all” system. Votes are split by Congressional district. Romney won all 29 of Arizona’s delegates last night.

In a campaign email just sent out by the Santorum campaign, he notes the delegate count and says if you turned off your TV last night after Romney’s victory speech, “you only got 1/2 of the real story.”

“We were outspent 6 to 1 in Romney’s home state and he had a campaign infrastructure in place for half a decade, yet we won half the delegates,” the campaign writes.

Overall, Romney leads the delegate count with 165, then Santorum with 85, Gingrich with 32 and Ron Paul with 19. The Republican nomination for president can be won with 1,144 delegates. Romney’s delegate count includes endorsements from Republican National Committee members who will attend the convention and can support the candidate of their choosing (remember 2008’s Democrat Superdelegates?) despite state/delegate count.

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