NewsRoom
7:25 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Santorum can claim partial Michigan win

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum lost the popular vote to Mitt Romney by a slim margin in the Michigan Republican primary. But it appears Santorum’s in line to pick up about half the state’s national convention delegates.

Rick Santorum proved popular enough among social conservatives in northern and western Michigan to win six or seven, maybe eight of the state’s 14 congressional districts -- and the delegates that go with them.

Santorum told an election night party that he’s proud of how he forced Mitt Romney into a fierce battle for his home state.

“A month ago they didn’t know who we are, but they do now," Santorum says.

Santorum says that shows he’s the best candidate to win the industrial Midwest and deny President Obama a second term in the White House.

Santorum may have been helped at least a bit by Democrats who crossed over to vote against Romney in the GOP race.