Senior adviser for Santorum’s campaign, John Brabender told reporters on Wednesday that he expected Michigan’s delegates to be split evenly between Romney and Santorum.
The candidate himself predicted as much, too.
“We’re going to walk out of Michigan with 15 delegates, and he’s going to walk out of Michigan with 15 delegates,” Santorum said, campaigning in Powell, Tenn.
But Santorum may be selling himself short. If his lead in the last two districts hold, Santorum will win the majority of Michigan’s delegates:
Results were incomplete in the final two congressional districts as of midday Wednesday. But with 98 percent of the precincts reporting, Santorum had a slight edge in both. If his lead holds in both districts, Santorum would win a majority of the state’s delegates, or 17 to Romney’s 13.
Via WaPo Politics:
Campaigning at Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tenn., on Wednesday, Santorum said he was heartened by his success in Romney’s backyard.
“We had a much better night in Michigan than maybe was first reported. This was a really great race to go into, in a sense, the belly of the beast, the hometown of my chief rival here in the Republican primary,” he said. In addition to Tennessee, the former Pennsylvania senator is focusing on the big prizes of Ohio and Oklahoma next week.
CNS News reports:
They each won 15 of the state’s 30 delegates.
Michigan awards most of its delegates based on results in each of its 14 congressional districts — handing out two for winning each district. The other two delegates are awarded proportionally, based on the statewide vote.