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It's the Delegates, Stupid

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Chatting with Keith Olbermann about what really happened in Tuesday's Michigan primary. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum tied where it counts: DELEGATES.

Media momentum fun and games in the GOP presidential race are behind us now. The race for delegates is on and supposed frontrunner Mitt Romney has only a bit over 10 percent of what he needs for the nomination.

It's complicated. There are only four states left that are 100 percent winner-take-all for delegates, offering a combined total of only 123 delegates out of the 1,144 needed to win. The rest are awarded by a variety of formulas that will allow all four contenders chances to rack up delegates without winning the entire state, possibly even preventing a frontrunner from reaching the magic number before the convention.

"Countdown," Current TV, 2/29

Here's a look ahead at upcoming dates for primaries and caucuses offering the largest chunks of delegates:

March 6 (Super Tuesday): 424
OH, GA, TN, OK, VA, ND, WY, MA, VT, ID, AK

April 3: 92
WI, DC, MD

April 24: 150
PA, NY, CT, DE, RI

May 8: 107
NC, IN, WV

June 5: 264
CA, NJ, NM, SD, MT

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