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Romney: We win; Santroum: We tied; Democrats: GOP needs to learn how to count

  Here's how the Michigan Republican Party awarded delegates to Mitt Romney and Santorum Thursday, even though local canvassing of the Feb. 28 primary election results hasn't been completed yet.

  Romney was the vote winner in seven of the 14 congressional districts and Santorum was the winner in the other seven.
  The short of it is each won 14 delegates in the 14 congressional districts, and the two statewide delegates were awarded to Romney, giving him 16 delegates to 14 for Santorum in the Republican nominating tally.
  Here's the word-for-word breakdown from the Republicans:

  "As the Michigan Republican Presidential Primary was held February 28, 2012, the Michigan Republican Party is aware that the Republican National Committee may penalize the Michigan Republican Party for holding the primary prior to March 6, 2012. The penalty would reduce the Michigan Delegates at the Republican National Convention to 30 rather than the original 59 (56 elected and 3 uncommitted).
  In anticipation of this penalty, the Michigan Republican Party Credentials Committee met on Saturday, February 4, 2012 for the purpose of deciding how to allocate 30 voting delegates from the 56 elected delegates.

  The result of this meeting is as follows
  For Each Congressional District delegates will be awarded as:
  Delegate 1- Voting Delegate 2- Voting Delegate 3- Non-Voting
  The Statewide At-Large delegates will be awarded as:
  Delegate 1- Voting Delegate 2- Voting Delegate 3- Non-Voting Delegate 4- Non-Voting Delegate 5- Non-Voting Delegate 6- Non-Voting Delegate 7- Non-Voting Delegate 8- Non-Voting Delegate 9- Non-Voting Delegate 10- Non-Voting Delegate 11- Non-Voting Delegate 12- Non-Voting Delegate 13- Non-Voting Delegate 14- Non-Voting
  Candidates that receive 15% of the statewide vote total will be allocated delegates proportionally starting with the candidate who wins the majority of the statewide votes.



  In light of the RNC penalty the delegate allocation is as follows:
Bachmann: 0 voting delegates and 0 non-voting delegates
Cain: 0 voting delegates and 0 non-voting delegates
Gingrich: 0 voting delegates and 0 non-voting delegates
Huntsman: 0 voting delegates and 0 non-voting delegates
 Johnson: 0 voting delegates and 0 non-voting delegates
Karger: 0 voting delegates and 0 non-voting delegates
Paul: 0 voting delegates and 0 non-voting delegates
Perry: 0 voting delegates and 0 non-voting delegates
Roemer: 0 voting delegates and 0 non-voting delegates
Romney: 16 voting delegates and 12 non-voting delegates
Santorum: 14 voting delegates and 14 non-voting delegates

  Breakdown of the delegate allocation:
CD 1- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Santorum
CD 2- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Santorum
CD 3- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Santorum
CD 4- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Santorum
CD 5- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Romney
CD 6- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Santorum
CD 7- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Santorum
CD 8- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Romney
CD 9- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Romney
CD 10- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Romney
CD 11- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Romney
CD 12- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Romney
CD 13- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Santorum
CD 14- 2 Voting and 1 Non-Voting Delegate to Romney

  Statewide Allocation:
Delegate 1- Voting to Romney
Delegate 2- Voting to Romney
Delegate 3- Non-Voting to Romney
Delegate 4- Non-Voting to Romney
Delegate 5- Non-Voting to Romney
Delegate 6- Non-Voting to Romney
Delegate 7- Non-Voting to Romney
Delegate 8- Non-Voting to Santorum
Delegate 9- Non-Voting to Santorum
Delegate 10- Non-Voting to Santorum
Delegate 11- Non-Voting to Santorum
Delegate 12- Non-Voting to Santorum
Delegate 13- Non-Voting to Santorum
Delegate 14- Non-Voting to Santorum"

  Michigan Democrats were quick to criticize Republicans for giving Romney two more delegates than Santorum.
  Here's what Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer had to say:

 "The Michigan Republican Party just can’t seem to manage simple math. Two days after the primary, a MIGOP committee voted 4-2 today to give Mitt Romney two at-large delegates, instead of splitting them with Rick Santorum.

“Republicans should start watching Sesame Street in the morning. They could learn a thing or two from the Count,” Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer said. “This latest flub by Michigan Republicans is part of a much larger pattern across the country. First in Iowa, then Nevada, then Maine, and now in Michigan, Republicans can’t count votes timely or accurately. Is simple arithmetic that difficult for these folks?

“Establishment and elite Michigan Republicans will stop at nothing to protect their candidate, Mitt Romney,” added Brewer. “They manipulated the rules in 1988 to deny Pat Robertson his fair share of delegates and now they’re doing the same thing to Rick Santorum.

“Why do these errors keep happening?” Brewer asked. “Don’t they remember their own disastrous state convention in 2010 when they ran out of ballots and there were vote-counting errors? Maybe the GOP should focus more on remedial math instead of taking away women’s rights, cutting public education, unfairly raising taxes on seniors and the middle class, and cutting unemployment benefits.”

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