April 4th, 2008
02:05 PM ET
7 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. JERRY

    EVEN BACK THEN HILLARY WAS CONIVING!!! SHE DISRESPECTED THE RULES OF THE DNC BY LEAVING HER NAME ON. SHE WAS LOOKING FOR HER ACE IN THE HOLD EVEN BACK THEN. THE RULES ARE THE RULES.

    April 4, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. fred

    No Nader....Hillary as an Independant!!!

    The DNC is saying screw the people!!

    April 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Tracy

    Why doe's Obama get blamed for this? Hillary didn't follow the rules and it smacked her in the face, like everything else is around her. That's what she gets.....................

    Obama 2008

    April 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Indiana for Hillary

    Oh I'm sure it will eventually come out that Obama and his campaign had something to do with this. The good ol' boys will do anything when they are threatened by a very educated and experienced woman. This decision just solidified McCain the winner in November. Hillary's supporters wil NOT vote for BO.

    April 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Joseph Casagrabde

    The reponse from Hillary is typical Clinton Family. She wants to count these delegates just like she does the Florida delegates. That is the only way she came overcome Obama. Funny that when it was announced that both states would not count she agreed. She has no more concern about desenfranchisng the voters in either state. All she cares about is herself and will never care about anyone else including the American people. When she looked like a lock for the nomination, she never mentioned that not counting the results was 'disenfranching' the voters of those states. Typical double talk not only for her but for Billy Boy also. We do not need any more Clintons or Bushes in the White Houe. We need a breath of fresh air

    April 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Lydia

    Why wasn't she concerned about the disenfranchisement of the voters in Florida and Michigan last year BEFORE this debacle was set in motion. I cannot believe the Democratic party could let this happen. A compromise should have been reached prior to stripping people of their votes.

    This is too crazy and Hillary's protestations at the 11th hour attests to her blind self-interest and will to win at all costs. She has no concern for the voters of Michigan or Florida. She cares about winning the White House. Period. End of story.

    April 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. john

    I USED TO BE A DEMOCRAT BUT NOW I WENT TO INDEPENDENT. THE PARTY HAS BECOME A HATE FILLED, RACIST SEXIST PARTY JUST LOOK AT THE KOS, HUFFINGTON POST, MOVEON, AIR SOCIALIST AMERICA.. THEY MAKE THE REPUBS LOOK LIKE THE DALI LAMA

    April 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Neutral

    Obama withdrew his name from the Michigan ballot; like Hillary, he had the option to leave it there. Obama later on wanted his name reinstated in the ballot, but was too late to do so. Hillary did the right thing, she did not withdrew her name from the ballot, she STAND UP for the voters of Michigan in spite of the fact those votes might not earn her any delegates, it was the PRINCIPLE INVOLVED. Obama withdrew his name due to the FACT their might be NONE for him to gain.

    In Florida, all candidates had their name in the ballot, the ONLY RESTRICTION, they're NOT allowed to campaign in Florida, BUT they're allowed to go there to raise campaign FUNDS. Obama broke the PLEDGE he signed together with Hillary and Edwards, OBAMA RAN CAMPAIGN ADS IN FLORIDA IN TV NETWORKS LIKE CNN!

    When the result of the primary showed Obama lost against Hillary, OBAMA CALLED DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IN FLORIDA A BEAUTY CONTEST; YET HE SPENT MONEY TO RAN TV ADS FOR HIS CAMPAIGN.

    What does it say Obama? Obama is an OPPORTUNIST! If he has something to gain, he will break EVERY RULES to get his objective.

    OBAMA IS WORSE THAN BUSH!!!!

    April 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. MovingOn

    It's easy to pick out the Clinton supporters they whine and moan that FL and MI votes aren't counting because their dishonest leader knows she is fighting a losing game. Clinton agreed to the same rules as Obama when this started. She only wanted to change them after her coronation went bust. Obama said a re-vote would be fine if the didn't try to exclude all the people that voted Republican the first time around because that would favor Clinton since she was the only one on the ticket. Lastly, do the math, even if FL and MI counted she would still be behind in delegates and popular vote. Clinton lacks integrity and this spectacle just serves to illustrate that point.

    April 4, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Emma

    One decision down three decisions to go:
    1. Florida
    2. Superdelegates
    3.Credential committee – seating members from Florida and Michigan

    April 4, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Al

    The only fair thing to do would be to allow all the voters in Fl & MI to revote. Since both states aren't willing to pay for this, it's not gonna happen. Voters in those two states should be mad at their elected officials and nobody else. Neither candidate had anything to do with the date being moved up or the consequences of that move. The next time those officials are up for re-election, VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE!!

    And can you blame Obama for not wanting the votes to count as is? If you were up by 20 points in the 4th quarter of the SuperBowl, would you agree to just give 10 points to the other team? Of course not. You'd still probably win, but why risk it? Especially when the other team just scored and is driving on you again. And Hillary didn't care in the least that those votes wouldn't count until she started losing. Anyone who thinks otherwise is either kidding themselves, or just plain stupid.

    April 4, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Tara

    Michigan broke the rules and that's neither candidates' fault. 50/50 split end of story!

    April 4, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. dance

    NO 50-50 G HILLARY COULD GET HER DELEGETS

    April 4, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Report ALL the news!

    Where's the BREAKING NEWS coverage about an Obama aide
    saying he'll leave 80,000 troops in Iraq until 2010?

    April 4, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. john

    AND REMEMBER HARRY REED CALLING ILLEGALS UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS. THIS IS THE DEM PARTY TODAY.

    April 4, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Okay Hillary people ... I was one during Super Tuesday and voted for her....Obama had NOTHING to do with the DNC RULES ....NOR....The STATE OF MICHIGAN'S RULES. Seems we have a lot of uninformed and immature folks responding to the posting. If you would step back and look at this objectively , Hillary through her desire to be the nominee has given you all false hopes. I am truely sorry......I am also sorry to advise you of the reality of this situation. STOP the bleeding and realize you are going to have to work together with the PARTY"S NOMINEE.....or vote for more of the Bush years...or stay home and pout rather than support Hillary's Party. She will support the Party no matter what. Let's end this silliness now. Obama will be the choice. I voted for Hillary and can deal with this .... get over it !!!

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

    I can not believe this is still being discussed and Michigan does not want to hold a revote. Michigan and the DNC need to get together and come up with a good proposal to seat the delegates, and the 50/50 plan is not a fair plan.

    April 4, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Dudley

    This shouldnt even have been voted on. Michigan and Florida voters should be very upset that their elected officials do not have the best interest at heart. Instead of complaining and blaming others for their mistakes, the democrat leaders from each state should have been rallying their state. Michigan has some BIG time issues and they have been given alot of air time to discuss them, but they havent. Florida has been given the gold ticket. The Republicans knowing and willfully decided that millions of Florida votes wouldnt count. Florida democrats should be knocking on every door, signing up voters and getting people excited and angry about their mistreatment, but they didnt.

    But the worst thing the Florida and Michigan democrat leaders have done is "make me sound like a Republican".

    Stop whining and start winning!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Jackie

    Hey Stuart Zechman....

    The war will be on everyone else's heads when you throw a fit and choose not to vote against it.

    That is stupid beyond words.

    April 4, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. julie

    Yes! This democrate would take McCain over Obama, I'm pro America!

    April 4, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. 3 daughters who live in Michigan

    I keep reading comments about "you people in michigan decided". Well, the people of Michigan did NOT decide, the DNC did it for them. My daugters voted because it was unfathomable to them (and me) that their votes would be meaningless. Surely someone, somewhere would find a way for the millions iof votes in Michigan and Florida to count. This is DEMOCRACY?? Oh please! 50/50 is meaningless also. You might as well give each candidate ONE and get it over with.

    April 4, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. tim

    Chris 2 writes:
    We can now stop talking about this"?? Why?

    The reasoning is pretty obvious: Since the voters expressed a clear preference for her on the first try, they might vote for her again in a re-vote. Therefore they cannot be trusted. Therefore we can't allow a re-vote, right?

    I don't think that's something we can stop talking about

    Wow, the things people say on here. The voters expressed a clear preference?? How do you figure, she was the only one on the ballot and only ended up with 55% of the vote, even if Obama had been on the ballot that would not be a "clear preference".

    April 4, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. B

    HRC had this thing planned from the start: Act like she's going to go along with the DNC re: MI and FL. Then as soon as the results come in, all the sudden, she positions herself as the "Savior of the Voiceless" so as to look as if she's the champion of their cause. I ask this question: if she were truly committed to upholding the rules of the DNC, why then would she still put her name on ballots in each state, knowing the votes wouldn't count? The way that she has shape-shifted and moved the goal posts in her campaign is astounding.

    I also agree with other posters, that supporters from each camp need to tone it down a bit. To say you won't vote for the winning Dem candidate because that candidate is not yours, is simply ludicrous. BHO and HRC are 95% the same on the issues (the ones that MATTER)...come on folks...McCain??? No.

    April 4, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Xavier of Saint Louis, MO

    Good! And neither should Florida be allowed to veto! The Obama and Clinton Campaigns agreed to follow the rules of the DNC before this race started and they should be made to stick to the rules. The Clintons have become so desperate that they are willing to break the rules they agreed to. . . .I don't think so! You don't change the rules of the game, once the game has started. Hillary do yourself, your supporters and the Democratic Party a favor; drop out now, while you at lease have some dignity left . . . a very small amount I might add.

    April 4, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Adam

    I would love for them to be counted, but it simply isn't going to happen. The state parties broke the rules and they knew it. As Public eye said, if you jump the gun in a race it doesn't matter if you finish 1st, you don't count. I really stinks for the people who did turn out to vote, but their votes were outside of party rules.

    What makes this even more amazing is that Senator Clinton AGREED to these rules and when the state parties moved their primaries/caucuses up she was totally ok that they were stripped of their delegates. Of course at the time she was expected to win things handily. Now that it is becoming a fight she wants to take that decision back by making this an emotional thing: "They are being disenfranchise." "You should be heard!" When really it's about her needed every delegate to stay alive.

    April 4, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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