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Michigan Viewer's Guide: Three Key Districts to Watch

GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a campaiign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

February 28, 2012

Winning means different things to different people, a fact that should not escape even the most incidental of political observers tonight as Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum take the stage to spin the results of Michigan's hotly-contested Republican primary election.

Much has been made of the potential ramifications of a Santorum "victory" over Romney in his home state, but Michigan's delegate apportionment process muddles the definitions of winning and losing. The state will award a total of 30 delegates tonight: two delegates to the winner of each of the state's 14 congressional districts, and two additional delegates to the winner of the Wolverine State's popular vote.

With that math in mind, there are two ways Rick Santorum can claim "victory" over Mitt Romney in Michigan:

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