March 20th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: Would a re-vote be that difficult?

 Re-votes in Michigan and Florida appear increasingly unlikely.

Re-votes in Michigan and Florida appear increasingly unlikely.

(CNN) - It’s too bad that Michigan and Florida don’t seem to be able to get their acts together to have Democratic presidential primary re-votes in early June.

For those of us who cover politics, it would have been very exciting to see two more fiercely fought primaries in two critically important states.

But more importantly, it will be a pity for all those millions of Democratic voters in those states if their delegates wind up having no say in the selection of their party’s presidential nominee at the party convention in Denver at the end of the summer. And the ramifications for the party from that could be very significant in November.

The Democrats in Michigan and Florida lost their delegates because they moved up their primaries to January against Democratic Party rules.

Some of those frustrated Democratic voters will walk away from this process with an awful taste in their mouths. And it’s possible that could convince some of them to actually vote for John McCain or Ralph Nader in the fall or simply stay home and not vote at all. At least, that’s what some of those voters are telling reporters and pollsters now.

There is still time for the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaigns to work out some other compromise that allows the delegates to be seated without having make-over primaries. Indeed, I still suspect something along these lines will occur.

But I still don’t understand why it became so complicated to organize these make-over primaries. The actual ballot would have been rather simple – you could vote for Clinton or Obama. Put an X in front of your candidate. How difficult is that?

- Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Jerry

    The Democratic Party made the rules and all candidates agreed not to participate, where was Hillary when that happened, I believe she agreed as well. The democratic party should not have say so when states vote, they don't pay for it . the State pays the bill, that's us the public by the way, and we should vote and be counted no matter when the primary is held..If the political party wants certain dates, then they should pay.

    March 20, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Tom Swift, Shopton

    A re-vote would be just plain wrong. Typical Democrat flip-flop. If the party leaders cannot keep their word, how can you expect the rest to?

    March 20, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. ho tc

    You hit the nail on the head, but perhaps, I think no one is willing to foot the bill or "someone" doesn't want to do a re-vote.

    March 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Very Concerned American

    I can't believe that ALL the people on this blog are supporting Obama except me.

    Obama doesn't want a revote because he doesn't want to lose. Period.

    March 20, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Mary

    I said that I would not ever vote for a republican again after the way they did President Bill Clinton when he was President, they could have waited until he was out of office. I may not have a choice now if they don't have a re-vote in Florida and Michigan. I think the people of these two states should have a say in this election. I will vote for a Republican or an Independent if they do not have a re-vote.

    March 20, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Chris in Portland

    It's difficult because Obama's supporters are purposely dragging their feet, 'cause they know if they have re-votes Obam's sunk.

    March 20, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Man from Ohio

    It would be very stupid for people in Michigan and Florida to vote for McCain out of spite. Its their own future thats at stake here, so if they are that stupid to messed that up, than ok. People need to turn the attention (in florida) to their REPUBLICAN governor who decided to move the primary and was well aware of the rules. And I wouldnt vote for McCain but I will stay home if the superdelegates over turn what has happend in this election process!!!

    March 20, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Luis Ramos

    It makes sense that these two states would break the rules, knowing what was in store for them. These "penalties" that the DNC clearly should see that this hurts the party. Since we took the majority in the House, it seems that crazier things occur in the political process. I think the simple days of voting where you check your candidate and hope for the best need to be relived. This party is getting hit worse than ever, and it will eventually be abandoned and break if they "can't get their acts together."

    March 20, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Joan

    No money from me for either democratic campaign until Michigan and Florida get seated at the convention. This revote fiasco is making a mockery out of our chance to put a democrat in the White House. Get it done and get it done now!

    March 20, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Ron R

    Wolf: Your obvious bias towards Ms. Clinton continues to show..

    March 20, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Linlo

    I think the people in Michigan and Florida need to take it up with their state dem parties. They are the ones that caused this whole fiasco. Other than that they need to stop crying about it. There are many states that never get to be involved in the primary process because the nominee is already chosen by the time that state's primary comes around. What a bunch of whiners.

    March 20, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Allen


    are you kidding? a piece of paper and check off your name thats it? (do you by chance have 6 million ballots with Hillary and Barack's name on them?)

    ok where are you going to vote for this ballot, ah ok we have to secure polling stations, probably need some people to staff them, do the counting on a state wide level,

    not to mention the legal questions, (seriously, you don't talk about em)

    but yes, once we have pieces of paper with their names on them, what else could we need

    March 20, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Alison

    The DNC told Florida and Michigan that if they held their primaries early there would be consequences and everyone knew what those were. I am waiting for someone to bring up this point-– What are we teaching our children if there is a "redo"? Are we telling them that it is okay to break the rules, because afterwards we will fix it so the consequences will not be forthcoming??

    March 20, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Sal

    Why have rules if there are no consequences when they are broken? Tamper tantrums are rewarded. Go usual politics of Washington! Get rid of superdelegates — they do not reflect the will of the PEOPLE.

    March 20, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Joe in AZ

    Why ReVote, just give the delegates to Hillary and send Barak packing back to his so called Christian Church.

    March 20, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Whoo Hoo

    Obama has no interest in a re-vote as it might upset his precious delegate advantage. This idiocy will pay dividends come November when McCain carries both states.

    March 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Laura Long

    Who would pay for it?
    A few wealthy individuals who support Senator Clinton would put up more than a million each. What would they get in return?
    Not In My America

    March 20, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Nan

    How is this going to happen? It's cut and dried! The Obama campaign is going to prevent it from happening in both states. It is going to be a big mess!! Would the Clinton Campaign want these states to be allowed to revote... I think so, even if Hillary ultimately lost. This whole "race bating" thing was promoted by Obama's campaign from the start. Just watch some of those tapes of his pastor.talking about whites. This whole process started out so exciting but now it's turning into a MESS!!

    March 20, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Jefferson in Toronto, Canada

    Excellent point, Wolf!!
    Why is it so difficult to get things done? This will benefit greatly the democratic party and both candidates. The people of Florida and Michigan deserve to have their votes counted, otherwise those votes will go to John McCain or Ralph Nader.

    March 20, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Terri

    Why should Michigan and Florida have a revote? Why didn't they follow the rules in the first place? The best solution would be to split the delegates evenly. That's the democratic way!

    March 20, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Dave

    Wolf, you haven't been playing close enough attention to the Michigan re-vote primary proposal. Not everyone could participate in it. Never in Michigans history have we had a closed primary. They would disqualify voters that voted in the Republican primary because the Democratic primary in Jan was invalid. That would eliminate thousands of independents and republicans that may have voted in the Democratic primary had it been valid and all the candidates would have been on it. All Clinton had to do was push for this re vote to be "fair" but disenfranchising voters that do not support her is ok.

    March 20, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Richard

    U.S. Constitution: Fourteenth Amendment. Section. 1. “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce ANY LAW which shall abridge (=diminish or reduce?) the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States ………….”.

    What does this exactly mean? Does not the privilege to vote include all citizens in all states? Does your Constitution really make it possible to disadvantage citizens in Florida and Michigan and thwart their privilege to vote in the primaries? What credibility to represent the whole nation would your new President have if you do not revote?

    March 20, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. kayla

    didn't those voters knew their votes would not count? give me a break.

    March 20, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Voice

    Wolf, you miscalculated.
    I take this shift as the first sign of Obama's wining over Clinton among superdelegates, after his briliant speech on race. You will see soon how it plays out in voters. These democratic legislatures have come to realize more than ever that he is their pick.

    March 20, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. William Warnecke

    Michigan and Florida votes should not be counted because they were illegal votes and they knew that when they voted.

    If I were Hillary I'd want them counted to.

    March 20, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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