August 30th, 2007
02:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Michigan moves closer to January 15 primary

(CNN) – Michigan’s House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday that sets the state’s presidential primary on January 15. The Michigan Senate approved similar legislation last week. Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, is expected to sign the bill, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The wide-open nature of the 2008 presidential race has set off a scramble between many states to exert influence early on the primary calendar and undermine the traditional role played by Iowa and New Hampshire.

Florida, a battleground state in recent presidential contests, has moved its primary up to January 29 in violation of Democratic National Committee rules that prohibit any states other than Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina from holding contests before February 5. The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee recently decided to strip Florida Democrats of all of their delegates to the national convention unless they hold a caucus or party-run primary after February 5. Michigan Democrats may face a similar penalty from the DNC.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart


Filed under: Primary Calendar
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Connie, Tn.

    Let all states have primaries on Jan.15. We should also have a ticket with the candidate for president getting the highest number of votes and the second spot going to the person with the second highest number of votes.

    August 30, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. JC, Motor City, MI

    Our reps in Lansing are doing such a wonderful job making Michigan irrelevant.

    First they made Michigan irrelevant economically by passing the most complex tax law in the country that will turn out of state companies away from investment in Michigan.

    Now, in an attempt to make Michigan influential in the nomination process, the are tempting the DNC and probably the RNC to take away our delegates.

    Great leadership Jenny Granholm.

    August 30, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. Gary LH, Fort Wayne, IN

    For far too long, minor league states (in regards to population and industrialization) have received unwarranted political/media attention in the selection of presidential candidates. Why should the people of Iowa and New Hampshire make or break a candidate. This is a wonderful opportunity for significant states to have their input early. Let the arrogant DNC attempt to blackmail Michigan as they have threaten to do in Florida. Good job Gov. Jennifer and Legislatures !!

    August 31, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Eric, Republic of Texas

    Do these states HONESTLY believe pushing their primaries up in the calendar year will make a spit of difference? There is such an abundance of self-important Baby-Boomer whiner babies at the state level who feel that it's is they, not puny New Hampshire or Iowa, who should decide their party's candidate.

    Hey, I'm all for it... let the kooks come out early and select the Dennis Kuchinichs and other kooks as their party candidate. It only helps the conservatives.

    Heck, while we're at it, let's allow the DailyKos kids and the MoveOn.org kooks pick the liberal party's candidates. Oh, wait... Karl Marx is already dead. Never mind. Scratch that idea. It probably wouldn't work anyway. :)

    August 31, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |