After witnessing what is now a historic Democratic primary battle, Florida and Michigan officials are reconsidering the option of a ‘do-over.’ Hillary Clinton’s campaign, once against this notion now seems amenable to the idea, and as the race continues to draw millions and draw tight divisions over delegates, such a change could make a significant impact.
AP: NEDRA PICKLER, MARCH 5
The governors of both states, along with top officials in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign, are now saying they would consider holding a sort of do-over contest by June. That’s a change from their previous insistence that the primaries their states held in January should determine how the states’ delegates are allocated.
Clinton won both contests, but the results were meaningless because the elections violated national party rules. Neither Clinton nor her rival Barack Obama campaigned in either state, and Obama’s name wasn’t even on the Michigan ballot.
The Democratic National Committee stripped both states of all their delegates for holding the primaries too early, and all Democratic candidates agreed not to campaign in either state.
Florida and Michigan moved up their dates to protest the party’s decision to allow Iowa and New Hampshire to go first, followed by South Carolina and Nevada, giving them a disproportionate influence on the presidential selection process.
But no one predicted the race would still be very close this late in the year.
The Obama campaign has tacitly responded in approval of re-polling in Florida and Michigan. If this happens, the two primaries would hold potential to repaint the landscape of pledged delegate counts.
Update by Nate @ 9pm ET
Here’s a video report on it from the Associated Press:
Some more has come out today from DNC Chairman Howard Dean. Apparently Florida and Ohio will have two choices, story from TheAtlantic.com:
Howard Dean will not bend the party rules to grandfather in the disputed delegates from Michigan and Florida, the Democratic party chairman said in a statement today.
Instead, he put the state parties on notice: either they can wait and allow the credentials committee to decide whether to seat their delegates, or submit to a re-vote sanctioned under DNC rules. “We look forward to receiving their proposals should they decide to submit new delegate selection plans and will review those plans at that time,” he said in the statement.
More on this story and specifically how the DNC would allow a re-vote from, here’s part of the full statement from Howard Dean laying out exactly how it might take place:
“We’re glad to hear that the Governors of Michigan and Florida are willing to lend their weight to help resolve this issue. As we’ve said all along, we strongly encourage the Michigan and Florida state parties to follow the rules, so today’s public overtures are good news. The rules, which were agreed to by the full DNC including representatives from Florida and Michigan over 18 months ago, allow for two options. First, either state can choose to resubmit a plan and run a party process to select delegates to the convention; second, they can wait until this summer and appeal to the Convention Credentials Committee, which determines and resolves any outstanding questions about the seating of delegates.“
I’m betting Florida and Ohio will be submitting new proposals fairly soon. If not, I can’t possibly see how the DNC would seat the delegates considering the primaries that did happen were a complete sham.