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Romney, Santorum split Michigan delegates

Despite winning the popular vote in Michigan's primary, Mitt Romney will split his home state's convention delegates with second-place finisher Rick Santorum.

Associated Press

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WASHINGTON —

Despite winning the popular vote in Michigan's primary, Mitt Romney will split his home state's convention delegates with second-place finisher Rick Santorum.

They each won 15 of the state's 30 delegates.

Michigan awards most of its delegates based on results in each of its 14 congressional districts - handing out two for winning each district. The other two delegates are awarded proportionally, based on the statewide vote.

Each candidate won seven congressional districts, while Romney won statewide with 41 percent of the vote to Santorum's 38 percent.

Romney leads the overall race for delegates, with 167. Santorum has 87 delegates, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has 32 and Texas Rep. Ron Paul has 19.

It takes 1,144 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Despite winning the popular vote in Michigan's primary, Mitt Romney was in a tight race with Rick Santorum to win a majority of the state's delegates to the Republican National Convention.

With 26 of the state's 30 delegates decided, Romney and Santorum each have 13. Michigan awards most of its delegates based on results in each of its 14 congressional districts - handing out two for winning each district.

Results were incomplete in the final two congressional districts as of midday Wednesday. But with 98 percent of the precincts reporting, Santorum had a slight edge in both. If his lead holds in both districts, Santorum would win a majority of the state's delegates, or 17 to Romney's 13.

John Brabender, senior adviser for Santorum's campaign, told reporters Wednesday that he expected Michigan's delegates would be split evenly between Romney and Santorum. The candidate himself predicted as much, too.

"We're going to walk out of Michigan with 15 delegates, and he's going to walk out of Michigan with 15 delegates," Santorum said, campaigning in Powell, Tenn.

Romney won all 29 delegates in Arizona's primary Tuesday.

Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul were shut out of delegates in Tuesday's contests.

In the overall race for delegates, Romney leads with 165, including endorsements from Republican National Committee members who automatically attend the convention and can support any candidate they choose. Santorum has 85 delegates, Newt Gingrich has 32 and Ron Paul has 19.

It will take 1,144 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.

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Associated Press writer Erik Schelzig in Powell, Tenn., contributed to this report.

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