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Santorum campaign drops appeal on Mich. delegates

The Associated Press

Ex-presidential candidate Rick Santorum's campaign is withdrawing its appeal with the Michigan Republican Party filed over fears that Santorum supporters wouldn't be chosen as delegates to the Republican National Convention.

Santorum won 14 delegates in Michigan's Feb. 28 GOP presidential primary, while Mitt Romney won 16. Santorum quit the race April 10, and under Michigan GOP rules the delegates he won now must be listed as "uncommitted."

Santorum' campaign says it feared that meant Santorum supporters wouldn't have the chance to become delegates, leaving those spots to Romney backers.

His campaign withdrew the appeal once Santorum learned his supporters won't be excluded from the process and could still win a proportionate share of the spots.

A GOP state committee meeting scheduled Saturday to consider the appeal has been canceled.