March 11th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
10 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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  1. MB

    What I would like to know is Why Gov. Christ is screaming so loud for these delegates to be seated when it was his decision to not have them count in the first place? Probably because he's Republican? He can now "look" like he's really working hard for all FL voters when he knows the chances of a revote is slim to none! I wouldn't trust that guy!

    And Clinton only wants them seated NOW that she is behind.......... interesting that she understood and agreed they wouldn't be seated when she thought the race would be over on Super Tuesday.

    To the SUPERDELEGATES........ please, end this nightmare for the sake of our country and the hate and racial divides that are happening before our eyes. What must the world think of us? End this please!

    March 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. mishte

    I have a question for John King, actually.

    Isn't the total delegate number (2025) based on the calculation AFTER FL and MI were excluded?

    Won't including them (via re-vote, or even re-seating ) increase the final delegate number significantly?

    When John King does his fabulous job of illustrating the different delegate scenarios, when the hypothetical inclusion of these two states does not alter the final number.

    I don't understand why either Democrat would want to make that final number higher, given the fact that historically, given time and the ability to campaign in any state, Obama closes and exceeds any high gaps in delegate wins. Why would Clinton want this at ALL? Especially when FL has been a red state in the general election for 30 years?

    March 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Reality check #1

    The vote was done, let Hillary have her share of delegates that she rightfully won. Obama was on the ticket just like she was.

    March 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Black Republican in New York

    Nuff respect to the Florida House Democratic delegation's position against re-votes and allowing the DNC to figure a way to seat the 210 delegates.

    Chris Dodd (D-Conn) came up with a reasonably good solution that costs not a dime and the delegates will still be seated. He said the DNC should split the delegates 50/50.

    But since John Edwards was still in the race when Florida (as well as Michigan) held its contest, I think it is only fair to Edwards that he be given some delegates. So, give Hillary and Obama 40% each and Edwards the remaining 20%.

    If party rules allow for withdrawn contesants to bequeath delegates to other contestants still in the race, then Edwards can make his endorsement and bequeath his delegates to the contestant he endorsed. Or he can refuse to endorse and simply split his delegates evenly between Hillary and Obama.

    Truth be told, if all this confusion in the Democratic race is a sign of how the Democrats will run the country if they win the White House, then I welcome all distressed democrats to vote John McCain in November.

    March 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Jay

    Read again folks. They want the votes that were cast already to be seated as it. Meaning Hillary won!!!

    March 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Dennis

    Anyone want to wager how Florida will screw up an election in 2012?

    March 11, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. prentice wysingle III of Sacramento,CA

    In a society based on rules cemented in fairness and commonsence how can any Dem. want a re-vote in the two states that opposed the common interest of the dem.'s nation-wide by breaking the rules of the DNC.To allow a re-vote or count those delegates to be seated would be a rewarding them (local party leaders) for their actions.Let the voters of those states work it out in their own state elections next time they come around.they (the local party leaders and officials) all knew the election was coming but did nothing but wait to try to steal the spotlight and pine for media attention After all ...all the candidates agreed not to campaign in those states,why change up now?.Without rules we are little better than THEY who we oppose."A divided against its self cannot stand!"

    March 11, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. Brian

    If they want the delegates seated let's be fair 50/50...... period...... anything else is biased based on the candidates.

    March 11, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Dave in Sagaponack

    Let it be split 50/50 and leave it at that. The election system was broken because name recognition gave Hillary a huge advantage early in the primary season, and that edge has been slipping away the longer the elections go on.

    March 11, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Grif

    Time will tell, who has the Bias..... Democracy????

    March 11, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. nicole, WI

    Florida, stick to your votes!! NO one has the right to strip people's voice!! Obama broke the rule and played the ad in Florida! ! Democrats leaders are gang of losers! within 30 years, only the clintons can win the general election!

    March 11, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. LS

    Is it me or is evryone blaming the DNC instead o taking responsibilty. It was GOvernor Crist( a Republican) and governor Granholm ( a Clinton supporter). How can the DNC choose which rule to enforce?
    Floridians are very stupid to not point the finger at themselves. THis always happen with Florida when the Democrats have a candidate that pumps them up. This goes back to Al Gore...LOL!

    March 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. Jay

    Good for them. As long as they also don't have any delusions of counting January's poisoned results.

    March 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. White woman for Obama

    If a revote was done despite the rules which were put in place way before the primarys then the party would have been crushed!...question: why was'nt Billary calling for a revote months ago?? answer: because she was ahead!!!....The PEOPLE of Florida and Michigan knew the rules and understood them and it's funny to me how they'r not the ones complainging about a revote it's HILLARY AND HER REPUBLICAN FRIENDS...well im VERY happy democracy is served and justice pervailed....VERY PROUD OF YOU FLORIDA DELEGATION GUYS 🙂

    March 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. Dung Le

    Whatever you partisan people is trying to do, just make sure that the voice of your citizens are heard.

    There is no possible explanation to the fact that the right of Florida people to elect a President is ripped off because of the moving up primary date that was decided by someone else!

    March 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. Roger, AR

    So the people of Florida will not be heard and Obama supporters are celebrating. Typical.

    March 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. cathrine

    Those 50:50 split is just so stupid! Obama, if you are afraid of re-vote, just let Florida and MI know.

    March 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. joe




    March 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  19. Chris

    Florida's House Democratic delegation is not the voters...what do the people want to do. They are the ones being punished. Ask them, not the politicians!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. Carmen

    If Obama is so sure that he would be the frontrunner, then why is he so afraid of a re-vote whether at the polls or by mail?

    March 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Athan from MD.

    50/50 does not make sense.

    FLORIDA TALLY: Hillary: (870,986) 50% Obama: (576,214) 33%

    SInce BOTH were on the ballot, just divide the delegates proportionaly to the votes. Duh!
    Why re-vote?

    Michigan is another story. Re-vote.

    March 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  22. Thomas For Hillary

    Some of you Obama people are just naive and crazy. HELLO, either Obama or Hillary will need FL and MI to win the general election and ticking the people off in both the states are not smart especially FL. Some of Obama comments about FL won't help win the state in the end. This is not good, its looks good for Obama now, but in the end this not good at all.

    March 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  23. Tar's End

    The vote that Florida had without any campaigning by any candidate was basically a popularity contest driven by name recognition, Florida's leaders made the decision to have a vote without seated delegates... those leaders should pay for a do-over with time for the candidates to campaign there.

    March 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  24. Barbara

    Why not let Floridas vote count as is since Obamas and Clintons names were not on the ballot. Then let Michigan revote since Clintons name was on their ballots and Obamas wasn't.Or just seat them and spend the next 4 yrs changing the system so we all vote in the primarys on the same day.

    March 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  25. Illinois

    I'm glad they won't do a mail in ballot as there's far too much likelihood of fraud. And I don't think splitting the votes 50-50 is a good idea either considering that Obama didn't earn a 50-50 vote. If Obama had taken FL by such a huge margin, people would be screaming to prevent a 50-50 split. Let them keep the same percentages with the original votes cast.....and finally put this thing to rest. The DNC and the governors totally screwed this up and the people should not have to pay for their incompetence.

    March 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
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