Santorum campaign expects Michigan delegate tally to be a tie

The Santorum campaign is expecting Michigan's delegates to be split evenly between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.

Speaking on a conference call Wednesday, a day after Romney beat Santorum in the Michigan presidential primary 41 percent to 43 percent, Santorum adviser John Brabender said the two candidates will "likely" be awarded 15 delegates each.

Brabender cautioned that his estimates were not based on calculations of news outlets or any official counting. No official announcement about how many delegates will be awarded has been made.

"Again, I want to be clear, I am basing this on anecdotal and empirical data that's been shared with us," Brabender said. He added that he thinks "it's highly likely that Michigan is going to end up in a tie."

By Brabender's math, because Santorum and Romney each won seven congressional districts in Michigan, they will each be awarded seven delegates and also one at-large delegate.

Brabender and Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley said though Santorum didn't win the state, the results were a disaster for Romney given that Michigan is where he grew up.

The campaign seems to be working to portray the Michigan results as an actual victory for Santorum, given expectations. Shortly after the conference call, the Santorum campaign sent an email to supporters saying the former Pennsylvania senator was outspent 6-to-1 and Romney "struggled" to win his home state.

At the beginning of the presidential race, Santorum campaigned virtually exclusively in Iowa and was able to eke out a victory by a slim margin there.