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. Janet

    Since Hillary won 55% of the vote then dosen't it make sense that
    she should get those deligates, Obama & Clinton were both on
    the ballot in Fla, and Hillary won and neither campaigned there.

    People voted for who they wanted, and if this was reversed, you can
    bet the media and Jack Cafferty would be saying Obama should get
    thr votes.


    April 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Don't Trust Obama

    Well Thank You Obama. You sir will never have my vote!

    April 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. kenney

    Matthew its not Obama,play by the rules and they wew broken.

    April 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Ryan

    Michigan broke the rules and were stripped of their delegates because of that. Should we just ignore rules and let them do whatever they please? Also, Hillary herself agreed with the decision and didn't decide that there was anything wrong with it until after she fell behind in the primaries. I understand wanting them to be included, but there are other ways of doing that then just counting the vote as is when there was a reason they lost their delegates in the first place.

    April 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Sorry

    I'm sorry your votes won't count. But, you need to take the issue up with the people in YOUR OWN BACKYARD who caused this mess in the first place, not the DNC and not the candidates. Your elected policymakers felt they could bully the system and disenfranchised your votes in the process.

    April 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. d

    "Michigan voters disenfranchised….courtesy of Barack Obama!"

    Yes, because Obama is a Michigan democrat who helped decide this. You Hiliary supporters are so smart!

    April 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. California Independent

    woohoo! Obama wins on this one. Nothing like trotting out the lawyers and stalling. Love those new sleazy Chicago politics. Let's see... Obama wants to exclude two states and stop the voting now so another 10 don't get to vote. I wonder how that 38 state strategy is going to work for the GE.

    If it isn't Clinton, McCain '08

    April 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. RuthieM

    Good, great, it's always best when the rules are followed!!! Obama followed the rules and so he has nothing to worry about, Clinton should have done the same instead she bucked the rules and kept her name on the ballot and then she campaigned in Florida after all. That is why she is having headaches over this, over her campaign, just like Bush, he bucked the rules about Iraq, he lied, and all he has had are headaches over it. You reap what you sow and that is the way it is!!! Hillary Clinton should drop out right now.

    April 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Joe in Pasadena, California

    Well Thank You Obama. You sir, will NEVER have my vote!

    April 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. vjh

    Matt & Jaymes,
    Do not blame Obama for Michigan's fate. They, not he, broke the rules of DNC. Get your facts straight

    April 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Lorraine

    Good! To even allow a re-vote would have been ridiculous. They knew the rules and broke the rules.

    Obama is not responsible for any of this. Why isnt anyone saying that Clinton broke the rules? Why dont we talk about that instead of the false claim that voters were disenfranchised.

    The only persons who abided by the rules were Obama and Edwards and for Clinton to push for a re-vote only shows that she will change the rules, change the goldposts, and do whatever is necessary to win.

    She is in Memphis today, right? How convenient of her...

    Obama '08!

    April 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. tonyh

    Big blow for Billary!! No matter what decision is made on seating Michigan delegates at the Convention, she will gain NOTHING!!!!
    50-50? The song remains the same. Go Obama!!!

    April 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Jeff in Plainfield, IL

    A lot of people seem to be blaming Barack Obama for the Michigan mess, even claiming "he" disenfranchised the voters. He had nothing to do with it, and is, in fact, the one who is abiding by Party rules.

    For Clinton to only win 55% of the vote being the only one on the ballot is pathetic, and to suggest she deserves anything more than that is pure lunacy. I'd be willing to give her 55% and Obama 45%. So she gains a few delegates, but it brings Obama closer to the total count necessary, and so the chances of being overturned by a miracle landslide of superdelegates would be near-impossible.

    April 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. kathleen

    That's is mature of Michigan. More than likely the vote would be half
    and half. or close.

    At least, THEY are not blaming Obama falsely, like Hillary wants them
    to do.

    Fla. Be Big about this. 50-50. Is the only way.

    Obama 2008
    Hope, not deceit.

    April 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Dan in CO

    How many times is this now?

    Michigan doesn't count.

    It won't count. It can't count.

    All of the candidates signed off that it and Florida would be punished by not counting....they essentially notarized it.

    It's a done deal.

    April 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Bill in Illinois

    Since Hillary was the only one on the ballot it was in no way a fair election therefore no delegates should be awarded. It is my belief that neither Fla. or Mich delegates should be accepted as both states knew that they were violating the party rules and both went ahead and made their own set of rules and then they cried like a bunch of spoiled two year olds when they didn't get their way. The problem is obviously with the party leadership in these statres and the voters need to rectify that problem in the next election. I can sympathize with these voters and the loss of their votes but rules are rules and their party leadership chose to ignore them.

    April 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Joe G

    These days it's easy to pick out an Obama supporter. They're the people that don't want Michigan or Florida to have any say in the nominating process. They want all the talk of the two states to simply "go away."

    The reasons for this are clear. They're fraudulent, but clear just the same. They're hero and saint would LOSE and hundreds of thousands of votes would go to the Clinton column and that must be stopped at all costs.

    April 4, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. it will NEVER stop!

    You desperately stupid people who STILL try to blame this on Obama are really frustrateing. I am NOT going to explain it to you again how things work because I am now convinced that you do not have the mental capabilities to comprehend it anyway.

    I understand Horton Hears a Who is in theaters right now!! ( Maybe that will buy us a couple of hours relief)

    April 4, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. maya

    I seriously wonder what ties the members have with the Obama camp.

    This is such a travesty.

    I am ashamed of my party.

    April 4, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Jack

    Obama pushed hard to suppress the voters of Michigan from having a say in who their Democratic nominee would be......

    Obama is a hypocrite and doesn't mean what he says..... he's not the president I want!

    I'm confident that Michigan will vote for John McCain in Nov

    April 4, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Chris 2

    "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.

    April 4, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Sue, OH

    Thanks Michigan, you've made the country proud. Now we can get off this roller-coaster and get down to business.

    Obama 08

    April 4, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. JOSH


    April 4, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Voice that matters.

    Oh...Hilary just said people who voted in Michigan should be counted . So, how will they count a vote like that\? One man ballot or one woman ballot system is not recognize and it not in constitution of US.

    If you think you want to settle for less or think the Clintons are king and queens of the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA that your choice , but many people don't think they are KINGS AND QUEENS of US.

    STOP already , not matter how honest Obama his people will still want more. It is crazy...nastyness has to stop. The more you hate him the more he ge more people supporting him donating for his camp. shame on you....or shillout. leave the guy alone.

    April 4, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. JOSH


    April 4, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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