March 14th, 2008
09:57 AM ET
6 years ago

New Michigan primary proposal takes shape

(CNN) - A proposal is taking shape for Michigan Democrats to hold a new presidential primary, a Democratic source close to the negotiations says, after the national Democratic Party refused to recognize the results of their first vote two months ago.

Under the proposal, the state of Michigan would hold a new primary on June 3, and the Democratic Party would reimburse the state for the cost of running the election, ensuring the state had the cash in hand before voting began.

The Democratic National Committee refused to recognize the results of the primary Michigan held on Jan. 15 because it allowed only four states – not including Michigan – to hold primaries before Feb. 5.

Many Democratic presidential contenders had their names taken off Michigan's ballot after the DNC decision, including Sen. Barack Obama. Sen. Hillary Clinton did not remove her name from the ballot, and won 55 percent of the vote. Some 40 percent of Michigan Democrats filed ballots declaring themselves "uncommitted."

The Michigan state legislature would have to push the plan through by next Thursday

Michigan voters wanting to cast ballots in the new primary would have to identify themselves as Democrats and certify that they did not vote in the state's Republican primary in January. Michigan normally does not require party identification in primary elections.

South Dakota is also slated to hold its Democratic primary June 3.

– CNN's John Roberts


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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Richard

    Many democratic presidental candidates left there names on the ballot. No one was forced nor asked to take there names off. Report the entire story CNN. You are losing your credability.

    March 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Dave

    This whole process has shown the stupidity of the Democrats. The need to learn the KISS method. Keep It Simple, Stupid!!

    March 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. McCain in '08

    So why would MI require you be a Democrat this time if they didn't require it the first time? Don't keep changing the rules. If you don't require party identification normally, then don't require it now.

    March 14, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Aaron Harris

    Shame on Howard Dean and the DNC for making Michigan do this again. The solution is simple...seat the delagates from the Jan. 15th primary!

    The DNC is making it easy for McCain to whomp the Democratic nominee in November.

    March 14, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. aware

    Mahalo Michigan!

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 and the only wise choice! :)

    March 14, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Stand Strong America!

    NOW that American's support the war in the latest polls, I wonder how Obama will take on IRAQ as it was his idea. He'll lose to McCain over it!

    Hillary 08!!!!

    March 14, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Why should the DNC have to pay? Michigan Dems should foot the bill.

    March 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Dave

    This is why we don't want Democrats to run the country. In the end this election fiasco will cost more than double what it should.

    March 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Jean

    Excuse me you need to count it was only 33 percent that was uncommited not 40 %. You need to learn to count. I realize that Obama is afraid to count the Florida and michigan delegates but thats to bad they need their vote to count!!!!Jean

    March 14, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Problems?

    I cannot Iget into the comment section for Minister White?

    March 14, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    Perplexing to most of us on the rationale as to why Hillary Clinton left her name on the Michigan ballot when other Presidental candidates were removed. Of course she got she got 55 percent of the vote.........because their was no one else to vote for. Now Michigan wants the DNC to reimburse them for their re-vote in June. The DNC has previously stated that they were not going to pay for the revote because they required the funding for the election in Nov. They knew the rules.......the price you pay for the decision you choose.

    March 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. simple thought ?

    then we'll see who the real winner is.

    missouri.

    March 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. kathleen

    Good, Good for Obama. Michigan for Obama.

    March 14, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. bond

    How is a re-vote going to be fair to those candidates who would have originally been on the ballot? More reason to follow the rules...

    March 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Adam

    YES..Here comes another Win for Hillary!!!

    March 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Rlewis Tx

    This is cheating the system you violated the rules so deal with It ! Howard Dean do you job !

    March 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Chuck

    Sounds like this state, at least, has a responsible government. What's your problem Florida?

    March 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. LC

    Obama made a rookie mistake and left his name off the ballot. He changed his tune in Florida. He should be thanking his lucky stars for this re-do. Poor judgment on his part again.

    March 14, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Yeswecan

    Vote again for only one purpose - if Obama is not the winner, vote again.

    March 14, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Good job

    Thank you Michigan for coming up with a plan that fast. That was what you should have done in the first place instead of trying to be one of the first states to start voting. People in that state are hurting for money and jobs and there you went squandering millions of tax payers dollars on an invalid primary. I hope that you learnt your lesson and if the folks in Michigan are smart they will change their elected officials in their next election because this bunch are power hungry and obviously not thinking of you.

    March 14, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. tomdavie

    You tell em boy. Its funny because some of what the preacher says is actually true. However, most of it is nonsense, and is inflamatory. Thats ok. The horror for Obama is that this guy has been his pastor for 20 years.

    He isnt some distant 'surrogate' . This guy married Barack and Michele Obama. He was his inspriation for his book. I dont know if Obama can live this one down too well.

    I think Obamas past is a lot more racially motivated than he has suggested as a campaign guy. He was very much slanted towards black issues in his public life in Illinois. While there is nothing wrong with it per se, it again hurts his credibility as he tries to be a compeletly different candidate when running for president.

    March 14, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. scbrown

    THERE WAS OVER 300 COMMENTS BY OBAMA SUPPORTERS ATTACKING HILLARY CLINTON ABOUT FERRARO–.

    FERRARO COMMENTS ARE BAD, BUT OBAMA'S PASTOR COMMENTS ARE 100 TIMES WORST.

    OBAMA SOUGHT SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE FROM PASTOR WRIGHT FOR ABOUT 2O YEARS– BAD JUGDEMENT!!!.

    PASTOR WRIGHT IS ( A MAN OF GOD) WHO IS APART OF OBAMA CAMP– FERRERRO IS NOT A PASTOR PREACHING TO THE CHOIR..

    THE MEDIA AND OBAMA CAN'T JUSTIFY THIS, BUT THEY ARE BY USING THE "OLD UNCLE" EXCUSE.

    THESE IS BEYOND DENOUNCING HIS COMMENTS IN A LUKEWARM WAY. HE SHOULD HAVE LEFT THIS CHURCH

    BUT, OBAMA STAYED FOR 20 YEARS SEEKING SPIRTUAL GUIDANCE FROM THIS MAN.

    March 14, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Kenneth

    Michigan broke the rules to begin with and now they want the DNC to reimburse them for a revote. I don't think the DNC will ever reimburse them, and I don't think the DNC should.

    March 14, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. HP Boston

    Sounds like a plan.
    It is time Florida got with the program.
    If both States do not get to vote and be counted then I in MA will not vote.
    People as Americans and Democrats should also shun the GE if the Dem's can not have ALL states vote in the primary!

    March 14, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. maya

    Obama camp's logic to play "By the rules" and "Rules are rules" bothers me. Everyone agrees that the whole Florida/Michigan voting situation is a huge mess up. It HAS to be dealt with one way or another, and to me, it seems better to err on the side of THE VOTERS not THE SYSTEM.

    If Obama camp believes that he is a strong candidate, then why worry about a re-vote- he would win it if he is a strong viable candidate. Again, it is better to err on the side of inclusiveness and letting the voters' voices be heard vs. excluding VOTES for the sake of RULES.

    March 14, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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