Apocalypse Redux: Romney Did Not Win Michigan – Tied with Santorum in Delegate Count

Headlines early yesterday suggested that Mitt Romney had avoided an apocalypse by winning the primary in Michigan, the state where he was born and where his father was governor. But by the end of the day, the official count produced a different verdict.

ABC News projects that the 30 delegates awarded based on Michigan’s Tuesday primary will be evenly split — 15 delegates for Mitt Romney and 15 delegates for Rick Santorum.

Mitt Romney may have won the overall vote by a margin of 3 points, but Michigan awards its delegates based on how the candidates did in each of the state’s 14 congressional districts, not solely on the popular vote totals.

The system works like this: the winner of each Congressional district gets two delegates. Two additional delegates are awarded based on the overall statewide vote — one delegate for the first place winner and one delegate for the second place winner if he gets more than 15 percent of the popular vote.

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney split the state’s congressional districts evenly, each triumphing in seven.

Despite all the hand-wringing about dire consequences that would be visited on the Romney campaign if he lost his home state, it’s likely he dodged a bullet here after the “liberal media” preemptively called the election and allowed him to claim victory Tuesday night.

One Response »

  1. Steve March 2, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    We’ve known it since 2000, Republicans can’t count.

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