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Anuzis Explains Michigan’s Vote

In assigning Mitt Romney both of its voting at-large delegates, the Michigan Republican party followed the agreed-upon procedure, the state’s national committeeman Saul Anuzis explains in a statement on his website. The confusion, he maintains, is a product of miscommunication among the party, the media, and the campaigns.

Michigan is contesting the Republican National Committee’s penalty that halved its delegates from 59 to 30. As a result, it’s fielding a full delegation to the national convention. But, in the event that the RNC maintains the penalty, only some of those delegates will be able to vote. To best reflect Michigan Republicans’ sentiments, the party decided to award most of the voting positions to the congressional-district delegates. In return, among the voting attendees, there will be 28 congressional-district delegates (two for each district, instead of the original three) and two at-large delegates (instead of the original 14).

On February 4, the state party’s credentials committee decided which delegates would be able to vote. On his site, Anuzis links to a memo circulated by the party that explains the allocation:

For Each Congressional District delegates will be awarded as:

Delegate 1 – Voting

Delegate 2 – Voting

Delegate 3 – Non-Voting

The Statewide At-Large delegates will be awarded as:

Delegate 1 – Voting

Delegate 2 – Voting

Delegate 3 – Non-Voting

Delegate 4 – Non-Voting

Delegate 5 – Non-Voting

Delegate 6 – Non-Voting

Delegate 7 – Non-Voting

Delegate 8 – Non-Voting

Delegate 9 – Non-Voting

Delegate 10 – Non-Voting

Delegate 11 – Non-Voting

Delegate 12 – Non-Voting

Delegate 13 – Non-Voting

Delegate 14 – Non-Voting

All 14 at-large delegates, then, were split evenly between Romney and Rick Santorum:

Delegate 1 – Voting to Romney

Delegate 2 – Voting to Romney

Delegate 3 – Non-Voting to Romney

Delegate 4 – Non-Voting to Romney

Delegate 5 – Non-Voting to Romney

Delegate 6 – Non-Voting to Romney

Delegate 7 – Non-Voting to Romney

Delegate 8 – Non-Voting to Santorum

Delegate 9 – Non-Voting to Santorum

Delegate 10 – Non-Voting to Santorum

Delegate 11 – Non-Voting to Santorum

Delegate 12 – Non-Voting to Santorum

Delegate 13 – Non-Voting to Santorum

Delegate 14 – Non-Voting to Santorum

On Wednesday night, the credentials committee voted 4–2 “to apply the rules as passed unanimously on February 4th which results in the 2 at large delegates [being] awarded to the statewide winner, Mitt Romney,” Anuzis says.

“There were no changes in rules or procedures, the Credential Committee only ratified the existing rules as previously passed after some made erroneous claims to the media that the at-large delegates would be split,” he adds:

Regrettably, there was an error in the memo drafted and sent to the respective campaigns. 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.

He concludes that the recent controversy “is much to do about nothing.”


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