AP: McCain Picks Up 50 More Delegates

Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to supporters at his Virginia Primary watch headquarters in Alexandria,Va., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. He swept primaries in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. AP

Sen. John McCain, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, picked up a total of 50 GOP national convention delegates from Michigan and Louisiana Saturday.

Republicans met in both states to resolve how to divvy up delegates to the national convention in September.

Thirty-two of Louisiana's 47 delegates told The Associated Press they intend to vote for McCain, and another three are also expected to back him.

Likewise, a majority of Michigan's presidential delegates also say they'll back the Arizona senator now that primary winner Mitt Romney is out of the race, although it's still unclear how many will go to the national convention.

As a result, McCain has 903 total delegates nationally, according to an Associated Press tally. Former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee has 245, while Romney's total dropped to 253.

The Republican National Committee stripped Michigan of half its 60 delegates for defying party rules by moving its presidential primary to Jan. 15.

Counting just the 30 Michigan delegates allowed so far, 23 were supposed to go to Romney, who won Michigan's Jan. 15 primary. Although those delegates technically will go the Sept. 1-4 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul uncommitted to any candidate, 18 now say they'll back McCain.

With the Romney delegates divvied up, McCain has the backing of 24 Michigan national delegates, while Huckabee has the backing of four. It was unclear which candidate two delegates would back.

But GOP activists are sure they'll get 57 pledged delegates and three unpledged delegates seated in Minneapolis-St. Paul, so they filled all those spots - plus 57 for alternates - during their state convention Friday and Saturday at the Lansing Center.

Of the 57 pledged delegates, Romney was supposed to get 45. At least 36 now plan to back McCain, according to conversations with delegates and party leaders. McCain already had 6 delegates after winning 30 percent of the primary vote.

Huckabee won two delegates based on those primary results and has the backing of at least six of the former Romney delegates, according to Huckabee supporters.

Huckabee's wife, Janet, spoke at the convention and said the contest isn't over yet since no one has gotten the 1,191 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

In Louisiana, Republicans meeting Saturday in Baton Rouge selected 44 of the state's 47 national GOP convention delegates.

Of the 44 delegates selected, 32 told the Associated Press they will back McCain, while three are uncommitted. Another nine delegates were unavailable.

Louisiana's Feb. 9 presidential primary would have pledged 20 at-large national GOP delegates had a candidate received at least 50 percent of the ballots cast. With Huckabee winning with 43 percent and McCain right behind with 42 percent, no at-large delegates were awarded.

Also, three party officials, all McCain supporters, are automatic delegates to the national convention.

Republicans at caucuses around the state cast ballots Jan. 22 for delegates and alternates to Saturday's state convention. McCain won those caucuses, giving him the advantage over Huckabee at the state convention.
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