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It may seem a Pyrrhic victory for the candidate who so frantically fought to stave off an embarrassing defeat in the state where he grew up.
Was Mitt Romney’s narrow victory in his home state yesterday really a victory at all?
After a panicked effort to fend off an upstart rival in Michigan, tens of millions spent in operations and advertising in the state and a nail-biter of an evening watching the returns come in, Romney walks away with just as many delegates as Rick Santorum, according to The Associated Press.
Both candidates won 15 delegates in Michigan, the news agency said.
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Delegates, or people authorized to vote for a candidate at the party’s nominating convention later this year, are assigned in Michigan by Congressional District, with each candidate getting two for each district they win. The sate has 15 Congressional Districts.
The AP said each candidate won seven districts and split the remaining two, which were awarded on a proportional basis.
"This is a huge win for us. Let's play it the way it is," Santorum was quoted as saying today after a speech in Tennessee.
"Don't give Romney all the spin. We went into his backyard, he spent a fortune – money he had no intention of spending – and we came out of there with the same number of delegates he does," Santorum said was quoted as saying.
"We are in great shape going to this election. We are excited about what's going to happen on Super Tuesday."
Romney got the most votes in Michigan, beating Santorum with 41 percent to 38 percent of the ballots cast. He now has 167 delegates, nearly twice as many as Santorum’s 87.
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In Ohio, a key battleground state where recent polls indicated Santorum was in the lead, Romney campaigned today, leveling attacks at President Barack Obama and saying he had been energized by Tuesday’s wins, according to The New York Times.
“I was very pleased, very good news — Arizona, and Michigan, right next door. And interestingly the people who said that the economy and jobs were their No. 1 issue, they voted for me overwhelmingly,” he was quoted as saying.