Are Michigan Republicans changing the rules because they didn’t like result? They’ve awarded their two “at large” delegates to Mitt Romney, even though party rules say they’re supposed to be awarded on a proportional basis based on the statewide popular vote.
The Political Wire reports:
Romney won the statewide vote by a 41% to 38% margin over Rick Santorum.
“The rest of the state’s delegates will be split evenly between Romney and Santorum because each won seven congressional districts across the state. As a result, Romney gets 16 delegates and Santorum 14.”
Detroit Free Press: Mitt Romney gets Michigan’s at-large delegates:
Saul Anuzis, a member of the credentials committee, said the party’s rules were passed in early February to award the two at-large delegates to the statewide winner, but that a memo sent, in error, to the candidates’ campaigns said the delegates would be distributed proportionately.
“While we regret the error in the memo, it does not change what was voted on by the committee,” Anuzis said. “This is much to do about nothing.”
The Michigan Republican Party voted to break a delegate tie Wednesday night, awarding 16 delegates to Mitt Romney and 14 to Rick Santorum.
The decision, which broke a 15-15 tie that would have resulted under the pre-primary interpretation of the rules, caused disbelief at Rick Santorum’s campaign. A spokesman rejected the decision.
Even Romney supporters in the Michigan GOP said the decision was unfair to Santorum.
“I have this crazy idea that you follow the rules,” said former Attorney General Mike Cox said after a 4-2 vote by a Michigan GOP credentialing committee, according to the AP. “I’d love to give the at-large delegates to Mitt Romney, but our rules provide for strict apportionment.”
Hat tip: Charles B.