March 18th, 2008
09:25 AM ET
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No new primary for Florida Democrats

 Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman at a press conference Thursday.

Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman at a press conference Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After weeks of negotiations, the Florida Democratic Party said Monday it will not hold a second primary in the state.

The state party's leaders have been seeking a way to have Florida's delegation seated at the Democratic National Convention.

"We researched every potential alternative process - from caucuses to county conventions to mail-in elections - but no plan could come anywhere close to being viable in Florida," said state party chairwoman Karen Thurman in an e-mail sent to Florida Democrats late Monday afternoon.

Related: CNN's Joe Johns explains what happens to Florida's delegates

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  1. Larry. San Diego, Ca

    As the late great Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, "We must adjust our ideas to the facts of today... Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are."

    March 18, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. M. S. Indiana

    I am glad that DNC stepped up to the plate and did not fail to deliver the message !!!

    Now the people in FL can look forward to electing their party members and maybe fix the problems that way

    Amazing how Obama comes out looking like a strong leadcer, when he faces hard times, and Hillary just wanna cry and whine about the press..

    ahhh i smell victory

    March 18, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Chris

    After hearing Obama's speech today, I think we have found our next president. HIllary Clinton 2008! No more confusion for me.

    March 18, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. FNJ in PA

    Screw Florida and their your vote counted why shouldnt mine. You violated the rules! On Obama and his X- Reverend..I dont see Hillary talking about racist remarks people in her campaign made. White people always want to boo hoo when they are attacked but if blacks call racism its just another black person crying. Thats ridiculous. Sen Obama did not say these words and i dont think every catholic or baptist or jew agrees with every aspect of their church. More than that BILL CLINTON is the one that cries race all the time...the Clintons are scum. I can't stand Hillary and I cant stand Bill. This will not bring Barack down in PA....all that crap about double digit leads in PA are not going to be so come election day...believe me Philly is Obama Country and Pittsburgh is almost a 50/50 split. Those are the main cities that matter.


    March 18, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Rich

    Hillary WON!
    Now she can go to the convention floor and by the DNC's own rules force a vote to seat the Florida delegates that voted for her. A re-vote if it had occured would have most likely split the delegates between her and Obama.
    By the math Obama should lead in both delegates and popular vote going into the convention. A re-vote in Florida and Michigan would not have changed this outcome, and Hillary knows this.
    But by forcing a vote to seat Florida and Michigan Hillary may come out ahead in the delegate count. She can then declare victory and demand that she is the nominee.
    Sorry Obama you lost, the Clinton's don't play fair.

    March 18, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Betsy

    I understand that FL broke "the rules" – but were "the rules" very fair in the first place???

    What makes Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada all that important anyway that they can go before Super Tuesday but Florida and Michigan and the rest of us can't??

    What kind of messed up rules are these?

    We should hold a few "Super Tuesdays" and that should be the end of it.

    March 18, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. karen hussein(OBAMA WINS TEXAS)

    What is wrong with I Floridians, they always screw up voting. Take away their voting rights then. Why can't they follow rules and regulations, it's not hard the other 48 states followed the rules.

    Clinton sucks anyway, Ferraro's remarks are racist too.

    March 18, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. rob

    I do not care who caused the problem, fix it. Have another primary in both states. As far as voting republican......ARE YOU NUTS!!!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. JH

    BLAME BILLARY FOR ALL ,they are statted No honor integrity...MY LAW ONLY FOR MY WAY...

    March 18, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA


    March 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Andrea Texas

    They say if you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

    No one believes Mr Obama. Regardless, he needs to be where he is most comfortable. That is where he comes from and what he believes, or he would not have continued going to the same church.

    If a white person had participated in a church similar to Mr Obama's and was running for President, they would be nailed to a cross!

    My prayer is that folks reconsider before they even entertain the idea to vote for Mr Obama. Look at this Mess!

    Florida has a Republican Governor-remember how Bush "won".

    The people in Florida are taxpayers, give them their right to vote.

    God Bless Senator Clinton – Good Luck to You!

    March 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. ObamaJoy

    Terry D

    Do you care to explain what a "Brother Issue" is? Are you saying that the only SuperDelegates that support Obama are African American? You should check your facts because many, MANY are of other races. And many are this country's elected officials.

    If this isn't the pot calling the kettle...

    March 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. DPL

    Wake Up America,What hyporcites, Oh yeah, let's criticize Obama's Pastor. Oh Christian voters, where is your forgiveness? Please, let's talk real about the Catholic Church who "secretly" moved their priets from parish to parish knowing they're pedophiles. And the Obama Haters sat in your churches, showed forgiveness, said amen. Even after the shameful conduct was made public. Where is the forgiveness for this pastor's words? Oh yeah, he's black, but I'm not a racist and I'm not voting for Obama.

    March 18, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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