The two at-large delegates awarded Tuesday in the Michigan Republican Presidential Primary were supposed to be split proportionately by Party rules, that is (given the results), one for Romney and one for Santorum. Given that each candidate also won seven Congressional Districts, that made the overall split 15 to 15 — a tie in delegate terms. And that is what all the media sources reported the next morning.
But an MRP committee voted Thursday to award both at-large delegates to Romney instead, giving him a 16 to 14 advantage in the state’s delegates to the Republican National Convention.
According to MIRS, the committee voted 4-2 to give Romney Michigan’s two at-large delegates.
Following the announcement, Michigan Radio reports that the Santorum campaign called foul play:
A spokesman for top rival Rick Santorum says the decision by party leaders calls into question the “legitimacy” of the Michigan Republican Party.Following the Iowa results, which mysteriously turned into a Santorum win long after all the buzz of the Romney win was over, and the Maine results (Maine Republican Party chairman Charlie Webster has admitted that the state party made numerous clerical errors in counting the state’s caucus results — even omitting some votes because emails reporting tallies “went to spam” in an email account), it is just amazing that these guys have the gall to complain about non-existent voter fraud.
And now, they don’t bother about fudging the results — they just decide to change the rules after the game is over.