Michigan, Won By Romney, Then ‘Tied’, Now Won By Romney Again
As we all know, Mitt Romney got the most votes in Tuesday’s primary in Michigan. Initial reports then states that 15 delegates each would nevertheless go to him and Rick Santorum because each won seven congressional districts.
Santorum was only too happy to characterize this circumstance as a tie, despite the fact that rode into the state on the remains of a wave generated mostly by means of wins in states that awarded no delegates at all. But one has to refer to his status as being on a waning wave in large part because thinking through the broader implications of his public statements is not Santorum’s strong point.
Well, the results are now that Romney gets both of the state’s at-large delegates, resulting in an outright win both in votes (41%-38%) and delegates (16-14).
Naturally, Santorum is less than pleased, accusing Romney of “thuggery.” A more inapt word for Romney is difficult to imagine, but there you have it. The state GOP says the rules decided on beforehand set forth that delegates were to be so distributed, but someone misstated them in a memo. That’s easily checked; Santorum really should’ve tasked a staffer with doing so before saying something so inflammatory (but see the fourth sentence of this post).