March 3rd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: Could Florida's Republican governor help Clinton?

 Will Florida vote again?

Will Florida vote again?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Florida’s Republican governor, Charlie Crist, tells me he’s ready to let the Democrats hold another primary in his state if necessary to allow Florida delegates have a say at the Democratic Convention in Denver at the end of the summer. Right now, the Democratic National Committee has prohibited Florida from seating those delegates because the state moved up its primary against party rules. (The same is true for the Democrats in Michigan.)

But now, Crist says he would be ready to let the state organize another round of voting for the Democrats if that’s what they want and need. That is significant because state primaries are paid for by the taxpayers; state caucuses, which had been suggested by some Democrats as a compromise solution that would allow the state’s delegates to be seated, are paid for by the parties.

The whole question of seating the Florida and Michigan delegates, of course, would become moot if Hillary Clinton were to drop out of the race. But if she does well Tuesday in Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio and Texas, the race will continue to Pennsylvania on April 22 and maybe even longer – perhaps all the way to the convention in Denver.

Under that scenario, both the pledged and superdelegates from Florida and Michigan could be critical.

When it comes to an election re-do, Hillary Clinton’s campaign would strongly prefer primaries as opposed to caucuses. That’s because Barack Obama has had a clear advantage when it comes to caucus results.

So in effect, Crist would be doing her campaign a huge favor by authorizing another primary in Florida. The same, by the way, would be true if Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm did the same thing in her state.

Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean would love his party’s nominating process to wrap up long before the convention. He and other party leaders fear a prolonged and bitter Democratic fight would hurt the eventual party nominee, especially because the likely Republican nominee, John McCain, would be able to spend that time rallying the Republican base.

All fascinating political scenarios - but first, let’s see what happens Tuesday.

- CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. andrew

    Your bias info from you and CNN, and the smear campaign against Obama will try to destroy, if Obama is going to win this he will, he came from nothing to build a movement.
    But can i just suggest that dear Wolf B. do you mind going to check the news coming from the Canadian parliament that say that it was not true that Canadian story. Stop being bias CNN, fair information please. I am no supporter so inform everybody. Stop wasting our time.

    March 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. andy123

    Wolf Blitzer, I just read a story that sounds incredible if true. According to this story Hillary Clinton did not have a security clearance while she was first lady. Does not sound likely, but is it possible to get a report clarifying it. If not true than it does not need to played up, but if it is true how possibly could she have been involved in any significant discussion of national security issues?

    March 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Duke

    Hmmm, interesting thought....who would benefit? Hillary or CRIST (as the GOP VP nom)

    March 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Hillary clearly won Florida, why the need to vote again? Count the votes!

    Wishing people would realize who the best candidate is during this very crucial time and stop walking around with wool over their eyes.

    Go Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. A. Harrison

    Florida Voted in January. Count those votes.

    This is an important state and it's being disrespected BIG TIME!

    March 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Lola

    I think there will be a bitter fight to the end for the democratic nomination for president. If so, the republican party will be able to rally and get Mc Cain in office.

    March 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. AC

    Obamicans. Let me break it down so you know how it works.

    The Clintons won the first re-election for a Democrat since FDR (back when your great grandfather was in WWII).

    They have been preparing for this since you were in daipers.

    They beat the Republican party during the Clinton impeachment, and during two Presidential elections. Hillary never lost in New York.

    You may nto have figured this out yet, but your hero Obama is a rookie and doesn't know what he is doing.

    These two are opponents contending for the most important position on the planet.

    Hillary will win. The best thing for Obama to have done was stepped aside and taken a shot at VP.

    I know it looks like he is going to win, but you should never underestimate a Clinton.

    We Clinton fans love Hill and Bill. There is nothing they can do wrong in our eyes.

    March 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. emmanuel dumay

    Wolf the re-organization of the Florida or Michigan primaries are good probabilities. But the reality is Senator Clinton will win Texas and Ohio. That will give her enough momentum to knok out senator Obama by a following win in Pensylvania. In my opinion even if she loses Texas for example, she should not drop out, because a strong fighter does not just leave an important fight as special this year presidential elections. That is why I don't support the earlier drop out of governor Romney. Obama will likely suffer a defeat facing senator McCain in the general elections. due to his vulnerabilities in top issues. By contrast senator Clinton is likely capable of beating McCain. In any case I think if the Florida governor and the Michigan govenor re-do the primaries that will be in the interest of the democrats to finally have a clear nominee. Nonethless senator Clinton legally could bring forth that her wins in these states are legitimate. We will see Wolf what tomorrow night bring.

    March 3, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. steven depaola

    i wish the reporting would show that it was the REPUBLICAN administration of Florida that pulled up the primary in the first place. The democrats would have had to pay for another primary election to be in step with the party officials. WHy isn't that included in your reporting of this issue??

    March 3, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Amy, Kazoo

    the whole point I believe that MI was trying to make by moving their primary up in the first place is essentially that we can't AFFORD another primary. We're broke. And as a democrat in Michigan, I sure as hell don't want a caucus. I think they're primitive and beg of high school popularity contests. If we have a do-over in ANY state, it needs to be the way the original contest was held.

    March 3, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. CandyinFL

    The voters in Fl and MI should not have to redo their primaries. Not only can these states not afford this nonsense, it is undemocratic what the national party leaders are doing to all voters. No more national party leaders telling the voters when they can have their primaries or caucuses. How about we the people have a national primary day, then it won't matter who votes first. While we are at it no more delegets, just we the people. One person, one vote! Anyway, this two political parties have the same goal, it won't matter who gets in we are all screwed.

    March 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Bob from Kentucky

    The DNC rules clearly state:

    "A majority vote of the Convention’s delegates shall be required to nominate the presidential candidate."

    This means that a "majority" is calculated against the number of delegates seated under the rules. This means that Florida and Michigan delgate counts are not included (in calculating a majority) unless they hold new primaries or caucuses. So .......... the number of delegates needed for nomination quoted by CNN and other news organizations is simply wrong as things stand now. How can the analysts have possibly missed this?

    March 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Lisa

    To: Caryn MH, WDC

    What about Huckabee? Your post makes no sense.

    Go Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Women's Place is Whitehouse

    I want my VOTE to count anywhere I vote don't you too?

    March 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Hillary on McCain Ticket

    I believe if Hillary doesn't win big on March 4th, regardless of the help she can get from her Republican friends, she should conceed and let Obama concentrate on the Republican opponent. She should be wise enough to know when to disengage and let her opponent ran the show. She could make a very good Vice President particularly on the McCain ticket. Why spending more money on the democratic nomination?

    March 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Texan for Hillary

    It is only fair that Floriday and Michigan have another election. Everyone has the right to vote in this extremely important primary.

    Hillary has worked many many year for the people and has a wealth of experience. Not to discount Obama, but lets face it, the media has been overly biased to his campaign. Only now, days before March 4th is the microscope actually being put on Obama.

    I understand the attraction to Obama...and we all want change...but let's "get real." As proven by numerous many people can actually list off Obama's accomplishments...

    If you want change, vote for it... vote for Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Mike

    Obama has been in favor of disenfranchising Florida and Michigan, for his own personal gain...... let them vote again.. Hillary will win again!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Tony

    Its funny how when Hillary was up in t he polls and the delegate count, nobody ever said anything about the Michigan and Florida delegates. DNC agreed to it and now yall want to change it, just shows how democrats are.

    Go GOP 2008!!!
    Senator McCain or Gov. Huckabee would to way better than both of the democrat clowns

    March 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Gabriel

    Hooray for Governor Crist!

    Hillary won when there wasn't any campaigning (as usual). She always has 20 point leads until people actually SEE her (the Guliani Effect).

    This will play out like everywhere else! They'll campaign, and WHATEVER lead she had will disappear. If she wins, she wins by a hair. It won't change her fortunes. She's done.

    Hillary wants the results of the OLD primary to count. NOT A NEW ONE.


    March 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. JR

    Obama fans, why are you afraid of new primaries in Michigan and Florida? Are you simply afraid he may lose the nomination fairly? Seems a real shame to me to leave two such important States without a voice. It wasn't the voters fault, but the state democratic heads. LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. JR, Texas

    All votes must count – Florida and Michigan voters must be heard!

    March 3, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Robert, Florida

    As a Florida tax payer, let the Democrats pay for a caucas. I'm not interested in paying for another primary just because they couldn't get it right the first time!

    March 3, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Shannon McMurphy

    On the Situation Room, I just heard Wolf Blitzer say "African Americans are voting for Obama".

    Clinton said that. How can she be racist, and you not?

    An explanation would be nice.

    March 3, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. glhf

    I'd be incredibly happy with another primary.

    March 3, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Ann

    Why is CNN and Wolf Blitzer running a tv campaign for Hilary Clinton? The Fox Network is more fair and balanced than CNN in their reporting of Barack Obama.....and they are BAD! Can we get away from these conservative biased reporters on the stations where we get our news????

    March 3, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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