DFP | Michigan GOP Changes Rules, Hands the Mittster One of Santorum’s Delegates

The Mitt Romney-Rick Santorum Michigan primary results just got a little more contentious.

Michigan’s two at-large delegates to the Republican National convention will be awarded to Michigan native Mitt Romney, following a vote last night by the state party’s credentials’ committee.

The vote came despite the party’s rules that the two at-large delegates are supposed to be awarded on a proportional basis based on the statewide popular vote. Romney won the statewide vote by a 41% to 38% margin over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley called the delegate situation “The kind of backroom dealing, political thuggery that just cannot happen in America.”

“We never thought the Romney campaign would rig the outcome of the election by changing the rules after the vote,” he added. “It’s very clear the rules were not followed by the establishment so they could prop up their hand-picked candidate.”

 

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