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Santorum hires delegate counter, campaign admits to still 'learning the rules'

John Yob, a political strategist from Michigan, who advised the Santorum campaign in the days leading up to the Wolverine State primary, will soon take on the responsibility of heading up the campaign's delegate strategy, NBC News has learned.

The move signals a newfound interest in, as one adviser put it, "learning the rules." No one in the campaign was dedicated exclusively to delegate strategy previous to Yob.

Romney endorser Saul Anuzis is a member of the credentials committee in Michigan that made the decision to allocate the final two delegates the way it did, giving Romney the delegate win, 16-14, when most news organizations, had it at 15-15. (More on that here.) Anuzis is a former state party chairman and ran for chairman of the Republican National Committee.

As a point of a context, the Yobs and Anuzis are considered rivals in Michigan Republican politics.

As Tim Mak wrote on FrumForum in November 2010 when Yob endorsed Anuzis for RNC chairman: "Yob and Anuzis had been political foes in what had been a frequent faceoff in the state between Grand Rapids Republicans and Oakland County Republicans."