March 11th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Florida Dems oppose re-vote

(CNN) – Florida's House Democratic delegation said in an issued statement Tuesday night they oppose a re-vote in Florida of any kind, including one done by mail.

"We are committed to working with the DNC, the Florida State Democratic party, our Democratic leaders in Florida, and our two candidates to reach an expedited solution that ensures our 210 delegates are seated," the delegation's statement read. "Our House delegation is opposed to a mail-in campaign or any redo of any kind."

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is strongly advocating a re-vote done by mail.


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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. bond

    50/50 delegate split

    March 11, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Allen

    Theres a big ole slap in your FACE Billary!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. James

    Ha Ha Ha. Looks like Hillary's push to get the Florida superdelegates just blew up.

    March 11, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    after the 2000 debacle, i wouldn't trust florida to do a revote, especially by mail!

    they broke the rules, understood the consequences. you made your bed, now lie in it.

    March 11, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Obama is the one

    LOLOLLOLLLLLLLLLLL i knew it!!!! about time someone took the iniative since Howard dean apparently was'nt going to...If the democratic party let Hillary and her republican cohorts get her way then Mccain will definately be in the white house! i knew my party is smarter than that and would'nt let this happen!!!!!:)

    March 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. H2

    Great news! we need to send a clear message to our children that our actions have consequences. The rules were put in places one year ago, why can't we abide by them? Is does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that we must play by the rule. The DNC – FL and MI leaders need to send out a clear message that there must be no re-vote.

    March 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. VOTER FOR TRUTH AND DIGNITY IN AMERICA

    Thank you Florida. Most likely after all that money is spent.
    with the race going as it is, the voters would be split.
    I, for Obama would have wanted to see the Fla votes
    and Voters respected and feel the damage has been done.

    A mail in vote wouldn't be real fair. Wonder what would happen
    to the ballots that would be mailed for the people that are deceased
    of have moved and vote elsewhere. There would be no way to
    track them and it could be a mess.

    Retired Professional w/Woman of 63 for Obama 2008

    March 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. earl illingsworth

    This is exactly why Putin of Russia calls their democracy different than ours? P.S. You might also say the same for Pakistan? The Neo- Democrat

    March 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. JAMES IN BAMA

    I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT OBAMA IS NOT GETTING THE WHITE VOTE AND IN PARTTICULAR THE WHITE MALE VOTE. AND OLDER PEPLE ARE COMMITED TO HILALRY BACAUSE OF WHAT A CLINTON WHITE HOUSE WOULD MEAN TO SENIORS, IT MAY IN FACT GO TO MCCAIN IF OBAMA GETS THE NOMINATION. AND ITS NO SECRET OBAMA DOESNT GET THE LATINO VOTE AND THEY WILL VOTE REPUBLICAN IF THEY DONT HAVE THEIR CANNIDATE IN THE DEMOCRATIC RACE. AND THAT WILL MOST LIKELY LOOSE US FLORIDA, AND BRING STATES LIKE OHIO, AND ARKANSAS AND OTHER STATES HILLARY WOULD MOST LIKEY CARRY INTO QUESTION, ALONG WITH STATES SHE MIGHT COULD WIN LIKE TEXAS THAT OBAMA DOESNT HAVE AS MUCH OF A CHANCE IN. IT LOOKS LIKE WE COULD LOOSE THE ELECTION AFTER ALL.

    March 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. Chris in Va.

    Sorry New York South, your state Dems decided to move up your primary even after being told by the DNC that you would not be seated. What do you think they were kidding?

    March 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. Blankman

    Florida should fire everyone in there states government! They make this conutry look like a joke every election year! I believe the only fair way is a revote... and it should come out of the current states DNC party members pocket. They are the reason that THIER people are not being heard! If they did not break the rules to begin with, we would not be in this mess. Sad really that the whole state get punished for a couple of dumb people with power.

    March 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Erin

    Hey Florida – you might want to pay attention when you vote next time. How many times do you have to screw up an election? You did a great job with Bush – not!

    March 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. Andrew

    How else do they expect their votes to count? I don't care who you support, it is utterly ridiculous to believe that the primary held in January was fair. Senator Obama followed the rules given to him by the party and was not on the ballot. Senator Clinton, however, did not. Now she wants the votes to count. Are you kidding me?

    March 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Above the Fray

    Florida's political party leaders are incompetent idiots. Under no circumstances can a re-vote be trusted. Florida's delegates must be split 50/50 or not seated at all. Perhaps Florida will learn how to conduct proper elections sometime in the next decade.

    March 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. KC Atlanta

    I agree that Florida doesn't need a redo. Their primary should stand as is because all candidates were on the ballot. Michigan is a different story. Even though Obama chose to remove his name, It wasn't on the ballot. I feel the voters in both of these important states should have their voices heard.

    March 11, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Ronnie...Charlottesville, Va

    I think a re-do is definitely in order but not something as unscientific as a mail in.
    A simple poll at Ben & Jerry's shops across the state should be conducted.
    Voters would be given a choice of chocolate or vanilla.
    A third choice: The dream ticket of chocolate/ vanilla swirl. Uh...make that VANILLA/ chocolate swirl.

    March 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. keith

    Florida is off the table Hillary.

    It looks like a 50/50 split.

    Let's see Ferraro stating the true feelings of the Clinton campaign, Miss. loss, Texas caucus win with Obama getting more delegates than her out of Texas and now this. And Peter Paul on the way.

    When it rains it pours.

    March 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Patricia

    equal split or nothing...... only fair thing left to do.

    March 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. KMB

    I can not imagine how the a decision can be reached with the vote as is. The candidates did not campaign in FL. To seat the delegates based on the original vote would not work. In every state the Democratic vote has been significantly higher than the Republican vote. However, in FL the opposite was true which seems to suggest many voters stayed home knowing their vote was null & void.

    It is simple. The FL voters should oust their elected officials and the original rules agreed to by all should be followed. The only other plausible solution would be a democratic only re-vote or a caucus.

    March 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. JAMES IN BAMA

    FLORIDA LAREADY VOTED ONCE!!!! BOTH NAMES WERE ON THE BALLET, AND THE CAMPAIGNING AND ADVERTISING WERE ACTUALLY EQUALL IN THIS ONE...NO ONE DID!! IT WAS 100% FAIR, AND NOW SOME PEOPLE WANT A RE-DO. I MEAN WHAT IF THEY DONT GET WHAT THEY WANT THE NEXT TIME...A BEST 2 OUT OF 3. FOR GOODNESS SAKES LET THOSE VOTES AND DELEGATES STAND AND WORK ON THE REAL ISSUE, MICHIGAN!!! WHERE IT WASNT AN EXACTLY FAIR CONTEST! COME ON, GET IT RIGHT> DONT WASTE MONEY AND TIME. GET THOSE DELEGATES SEATED AND STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT..

    March 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Jay in Kansas

    Well seat them as is.. that's simple.

    Obama can't be mad if his voters didn't do their duty to vote.

    Same with Michigan. Leave the "uncommitted" votes "uncommitted" no way you can give them to Obama and HE took his name off the ballot.

    Political experience and executive experience are now points that Hillary can use to convince voters that she is the best nominee for president.

    March 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. maya

    Um, folks bashing Hillary- this is actually GOOD for her (read the article again). And good for Florida and for the party. We are supposed to be the party that COUNTS the votes, remember?!

    March 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. Hispanics

    I dont see why the DNC wants a re-vote in Florida when all the candidates names were on the ballot. In any case, most Latinos will vote for McCain in the General election.

    March 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  24. Willie

    Well, there goes Florida for the democratic party in the general election. If Clinton is not the nominee, we might as well call it quits.

    March 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  25. Southerner

    What some of you Obama supporters are missing is that the FL Democratic party doesn't support revotes because they want their last primary to stand.

    Hillary won, and Obama was the only candidate to run ads in FL.

    The 50/50 delegate split thing isn't fooling anyone. That is basically saying that Florida's vote doesn't count. Or should I say "nobody is falling for that Okeydoke".

    March 11, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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