Michigan Republicans change delegate allocation

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Michigan Republicans voted to award two at-large delegates to Mitt Romney “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,” the Detroit Free Press reports.

Romney won the statewide vote by a 41% to 38% margin over Rick Santorum.

“The rest of the state’s delegates will be split evenly between Romney and Santorum because each won seven congressional districts across the state. As a result, Romney gets 16 delegates and Santorum 14.”

First Read has more on the delegate drama.

Still, have you noticed that the Republican presidential campaign has been one of the sloppiest in memory.

Romney was declared the winner in Iowa until several days later miscounted votes were “found” which put Santorum ahead. Romney was named the victor in Maine without all caucus votes counted because they were “lost” in someone’s email. Now, the Michigan delegate count was changed two days after the primary either due to sloppiness, ambiguity in the rules or a backroom power play.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.