Election 2008


Clinton Calls for Florida, Michigan Delegates

March 07, 2008 10:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Hillary Clinton and state officials are requesting that the Democratic National Committee reassess the delegate status of Michigan and Florida.

30-Second Summary

Both Florida and Michigan lost the right to seat delegates at the Democratic convention when they broke DNC rules by moving their contests too early in the primary calendar.

Candidates also pledged not to campaign in either state and remove their names from the ballots if possible.

With the race looking likely to continue all the way to the conventions, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has requested that the penalty be lifted. But the DNC is sticking by its earlier ruling.

However, the states do retain the right to appeal at the national convention or hold their contests again during the summer at their own expense.

Estimates place the cost of a second Florida primary at around $17 million.

The Clinton campaign has argued that the punishment disenfranchises the voters who turned out for the contests despite the DNC’s ruling. Clinton won both contests, though Barack Obama was not on the Michigan ballot.

Current polls suggest that the seating of the states’ delegates would allow Clinton to move ahead in the national popular vote. But if the states are not allowed to participate, the same polls suggest that she will be unable to move ahead of Obama before the party’s national convention.

The Obama campaign responded by saying that although they would welcome new primary or caucus contests, his absence from the Michigan ballot, and the pledge that no candidates would campaign in either state, should nullify the existing results.

Headline Link: ‘Michigan, Florida Governors Renew Calls to Seat States' Delegates’

Reactions: The DNC Rules Committee, Howard Dean and the Clinton camp

Opinion & Analysis: What to do about Florida and Michigan

Background: The trouble with early primaries

Reference: Florida’s options


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