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Michigan Republicans hold state convention in Detroit Saturday

  Michigan Republicans gather at Cobo Center in Detroit tonight and Saturday to elect their national convention delegates, who in turn will formally vote for a presidential nominee at the GOP national convention in Tampa Bay in August.

  The convention will pick 14 at-large delegates and 14 at-large alternate delegates, as well as national committee members. The national convention to formally nominate a presidential candidate is Aug. 25-30.
  Registration for the state convention at Cobo begins at 5 p.m. today followed by district caucus meetings at 7 p.m..
  The convention is called to order at 9 a.m. Saturday.
  Mitt Romney is expected to have his supporters selected as delegates in the seven congressional districts he won in the Feb. 28 Michigan primary, and uncommitted delegates will be selected in the seven districts where he lost. Romney will also pick up two at-large delegates to the national convention.
  Michigan's voting power at the national convention will be diluted, however, because Michigan held its primary earlier than party rules allowed and was stripped of half its voting power.
  By the August national convention, however, Romney is expected to achieve the 1,144 delegates he needs for the Republican nomination. Estimates place him some 150 delegates short at this point.

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