Drama In Michigan As Romney Awarded Another Delegate

March 2, 2012 by staff 

Drama In Michigan As Romney Awarded Another Delegate, The Detroit Free Press today reported that the Michigan Republican Party voted last night to award the state’s two at-large delegates to the statewide winner — i.e, Mitt Romney — instead of dividing them up proportionally.

That move, according the paper, would give Romney a 16-14 edge in delegates instead of the 15-15 tie between Romney and Santorum.

As a result of this move, NBC has since changed the delegate count, 16-14.

In response to criticism that the Michigan GOP changed its rules to benefit native son Mitt Romney, Michigan GOP committeeman Saul Anuzis — a Romney supporter — said the winner-take-all aspect for the at-large delegates was always agreed upon, and any misunderstanding was due to an error in the party’s memo.

“Regrettably, there was an error in the memo drafted and sent to the respective campaigns,” Anuzis said. “There were questions raised at the time the memo was drafted as to whether the legal language used was accomplishing the goal of the committee and we were advised that it was, but now it is clear that the memo did not properly communicate the intent of the committee. The email traffic surrounding the drafting of the memo in early February makes explicitly clear what the intent of the committee was.”

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