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Santorum Campaign Claims Tie in Michigan

2:02 PM, Feb 29, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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A day after losing the overall vote in the Michigan primary, Rick Santorum’s campaign is arguing that Mitt Romney’s three-point margin of victory ought to be viewed as a tie because of the way the state's delegates are divided.

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Rick Santorum

On a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, Santorum adviser John Brabender said Santorum and Romney each won two delegates from half of the state’s 14 congressional districts, awarding each candidate 14 delegates. The 2 at-large delegates, Brabender added, would also be split between Santorum and Romney, giving both candidate 15 delegates.

Brabender said he could not confirm that this was actually how the delegates would be allocated, clarifying that the campaign believes, based on “anecdotal and empirical evidence,” that it is “highly likely” the two candidates will split the delegates.

“I think the narrative is dramatically different than a lot of people thought was happening in Michigan based upon early news reports last night,” Brabender said. “The only thing you can do is move this from a win column for Mitt Romney, under that scenario, and call it a tie if, indeed, these numbers…show that they are verified.”

Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley added: “What we’re also trying to avoid is another Iowa, where the reports show out that Mitt Romney wins the election and then the facts bear out that Rick Santorum wins.” 

Earlier today, the Washington Post reported that the Michigan Republican party’s unofficial count shows Santorum and Romney winning seven congressional districts each, corroborating the Santorum campaign’s claim.

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