April 4th, 2008
02:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Michigan Dems rule out new vote

Michigan voters participated in the states primary on January 15.

Michigan voters participated in the states primary on January 15.

(CNN) - Michigan Democrats will not to go to the polls again to choose a presidential nominee, even though the national party has refused to recognize the results of their vote in January, the party announced Friday.

"We have concluded that it is not practical to conduct such a primary or caucus," the state party's executive committee said in a written statement. But they added they will continue to work with the Democratic National Committee and elected officials to ensure that the state is represented at the party convention in Denver this August.

Michigan Democrats held their primary earlier than national party rules allowed. The Democratic Party responded by refusing to seat Michigan’s delegates at the convention.

Many Democratic candidates, including Sen. Barack Obama, removed their names from the Michigan ballot after the DNC’s decision, leaving Sen. Hillary Clinton as the only major contender in the state.

Clinton got 55 percent, while 40 percent of the state's voters opted for "uncommitted.”

Clinton said Friday the party had to find a way to avoid “disenfranchising” 600,000 Michigan voters. “Those votes have been cast…. So the Democratic party is going to have to come to grips with whether or not we want to be like the Republicans and disenfranchise people or whether we will stay true to the voting-rights record of this party.”

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soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. NG in DC

    Let me be the first to congratulate Michigan (and Florida and the DNC) for handing the November election to the Republicans. Nice going for democracy team!

    April 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. In Chicago

    MI and FL broke the rules without regard to warnings. Now they are crying about it?!?!?! The state representatives who allowed this to happen should be fired or impeached or stripped or whatever they do these days – they are the ones who disenfranchised their thousands of voters, not the DNC.

    April 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Molly

    IF FL & MI votes are not counted – it will not be a legal – fair nomination.
    Simple Fact – All the States & All the people must vote.
    It was NOT the people of FL & MI – but – the DNC Party leaders who let this happen – shame on them!
    The GOP started this – they held their elections – counted the votes and now have their nominee. They caused all this mess – and the DNC Allowed it to go on.

    April 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Paul

    People should have their votes and voices counted



    April 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    What is 55% of 600,000? 330,000. So 330,000, if it were added to the popular vote, would maintain Obama's lead over Clinton in popular vote by 370,000. Which according to Clinton's boys they would then vote for Obama. Funny thing how words come back to bite us.

    All that is a mute point anyway because THEY WILL NOT BE COUNTING THE VOTE.

    Final thing lets just wait till June and not get so excited about the day to day.

    April 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. DG

    The absolute ARROGANCE of the Michigan Democratic Representatives!! Trying to force the hand of the National Democratic leadership is just mind-numbing. Those votes SHOULD be completely stripped and I hope the people of Michigan have the good sense to place the blame where it rightly ought to go and kick the bums who are responsible OUT!!

    I may or may not be for Obama but it takes the arrogance of a Clinton to break the rules and still expect those votes to be counted. I hope she burns in the polls for this!!

    April 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. RT

    I think the most fair thing to everybody involved is to not count the votes as orignally planned. I know its not fair to the voters of Michigan but honestly, its not fair to the candidates either. Edwards and Obama weren't on the ballot and Hillary agreed to the rules at the time. Plus the fact that she tells everyone that their vote must count yet the only way she wins is if the superdelegates overturn the popular and pledged delegate vote. Thus, disenfrachising every voter in the country. What do you think about that?

    April 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Jeff M.

    Some of these comments are outright ridiculous. The people of Michigan knew this election wouldn't count. They were told, point blank. There are obviously people, then, who did not vote because of this fact. Any election held under such circumstances cannot be called representative. This is simple stuff, people.

    April 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Matt

    I am from Michigan and do not want to re-vote. Michigan broke the rules and was punished as a result. Now certain people want to re-vote or give the state to Clinton, no way. You do not punish a child or a dog then give in and let them have their way. You break the rules you pay the price period!

    April 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. KiloWhiskey - Denver

    Clinton plans to steal the nomination in Denver behnd the scenes – it's cheaper and easier that way.

    Go Whigs!

    April 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. pakuna

    Berry obama came out a short time back and said that Michigan and Florida votes should be counted. Then he changed his mind and they should'nt be counted. Then he changed his mind again and they should. Now they should'nt. It will all come out in the end that the whole mess was planed and done to cause what what it has. obama might not have done anything, he never does, he gets his gang members to do it or say it. The powers behind him put all this together before they put him on stage. I feel sorry for you boma followers when your king turns on you. Do not come to me for help.

    April 4, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. woogie

    You can't revote in Michigan because it was an open primary.

    How do you stop the people who voted the republican ticket from voting again on the democratic ticket?

    Their votes would then count twice.

    April 4, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Spirit of America

    40 years ago today the the drum-major for modern democracy, Rev. Martin Luther King died.

    Today, in Michigan, democracy died.

    Another American tragedy.

    April 4, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Objective Reader


    April 4, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. b black

    I think McCain's vote against the MLK holiday only 25yrs ago should put Wright's comments in some context. Why wouldn't he realize how important MLK was by 1983? And this is the man who may be our next president? He was supposed to be a senator and even most of his colleagues voted for it. Finally admitting you were wrong when everybody already knows you were wrong, doesn't show courage. If people don't understand why there are so resentment in "black America", here is one reason.

    OBAMA 08!

    April 4, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. California Voter

    I have not seen anything that would tell me that Obama and his team are interested having in either Michigan or Florida's votes counted. Not surprising and very typical of how he runs a campaign. "Obama has a history of ruthless and dirtly politics: From a story about how he first gained public office in the Illinois State Senate: (Chicago Tribune April 4, 2007): The day after New Year's 1996, operatives for Barack Obama filed into a barren hearing room of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. There they began the tedious process of challenging hundreds of signatures on the nominating petitions of state Sen. Alice Palmer, the longtime progressive activist from the city's South Side. And they kept challenging petitions until every one of Obama's four Democratic primary rivals was forced off the ballot. His overwhelming legal onslaught signaled his impatience to gain office, even if that meant elbowing aside an elder stateswoman like Palmer. A close examination of Obama's first campaign clouds the image he has cultivated throughout his political career: The man now running for president on a message of giving a voice to the voiceless first entered public office not by leveling the playing field, but by clearing it. One of the candidates he eliminated, long-shot contender Gha-is Askia, now says that Obama's petition challenges belied his image as a champion of the little guy and crusader for voter rights. "He talks about honor and democracy, but what honor is there in getting rid of every other candidate so you can run scot-free? Why not let the people decide?" Had Palmer survived the petition challenge, Obama would have faced the daunting task of taking on an incumbent senator. Palmer's elimination marked the first of several fortuitous political moments in Obama's electoral success: He won the 2004 primary and general elections for U.S. Senate after tough challengers imploded when their messy divorce files were unsealed. Hence, his rapid ascent to power…" Check it out folks.

    April 4, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Pete

    Hmmm, Texas may turn "blue" again after all! The only Democrat that will have a chance here in the general election is Barack. I guarantee the Repubs would have destroyed Clinton and her "mandates" here. Most of us really depise that word.

    We also dislike "do-overs," "no-backsies," and childish, whining shrews.

    April 4, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Justin

    "A slap on the wrists over a primary calendar debate, and two of the most influencial States in the Union are effectively taken out of the equation?"

    One of them is the most crooked states that have only helped the Democrats 1 out of the last 8 years. You do the math Florida, Eat your 4 oclock dinner and take your naps already. You don't have to deal with the mess you created so I don't feel to bad about you old folks not getting to vote. You have done enough damage to this country for yours and my lifetine.

    April 4, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. G Chapman

    If my name was the only name on the ballot, I probably could have gotten 50% plus of the vote. Either they should revote, or the votes don't count.

    April 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. chris

    The Obama campaign killed the re-vote in Michigan. Ask the people of Michigan if they want a re-vote and you'll see that the answer is a loud 'yes'. A state that has one of the worse recession in the last 5 years is now allowed to voiced their preference because Obama is looking to protect his presidential interest? doesn't matter how you slice or dice this picture, disfranchising close to a million voters is just not right and not democratic. You want to know who will be a leader of the people? look for someone who is not afraid to allow the people to speak....in this case, it has always been HIllary.

    April 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. DemcracyNow2008

    Don't cry Clinton supporters Obama honored the rules and Clinton should have also instead of staying on the ballot when Mich decided to move the primary up.

    Clinton still wants to tell the Democratic Party what to do with the Delegates in Michigan.

    She needs to stop her whinning now .

    The Michigan Democrat leadership did the right thing .

    Now maybe the Clinton Supporters will stop crying about every little thing that does not go their way.

    Obama will be nominated and beat McCain now you Clinton supporters need to decide if your joining the Republican Party or being Democrats and voting for Obama to become President.
    Obama All the Way 08

    April 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Jorge Villa

    Why cant they just remove the Michigan & Florida Delegates from the total needed? Whats so hard about that?

    If they didnt count, they should be part of the Total needed!

    April 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Kimberly

    It is a shame that an election this close would not let every state count. It seems un fair to Clinton. Had those states counted she would be winning NOT Obama!

    April 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. pat

    Why in the world would anyone want another Clinton in the White House. They have lied to the American people so many times and they just keep going. They must think that we are all stupid to believe such rubbish. And to me any woman who still respects and stands by her husband after he cheats on her for the whole world to see would never ever get my respect nor my vote. As far as McCain goes he is just another Bush and we all know what a disaster these past 8 years have been. We certainly don't want another 4 years of the republican party in the White House.

    Obama is a fresh face with fresh ideas. I think he is just what we need to help bring respect back to our country.

    April 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. No Hillary

    Michigan and Florida seating is simple: 50% for Obama, 50% for Clinton....and get it over with...done!

    April 4, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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