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. sara michelle b.

    It is a sorry thing that the DNC, the candidates and Michigan's Democratic Party leadership could not figure this out. It is a presidential election year for goodness sakes – this is no small matter in a state that is hurt as much as any by the new world we all live in. This is truly a black eye for the party. I just hope that it does not haunt the Democratic nominee come November.

    April 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Blah blah blah

    Why do some of Hillary's supporters choose to be so ignorant? If anyone had disenfranchised the MI voters, its the MI Dems (when they INTENTIONALLY violated DNC rules) and not Obama (who has agreed to abide by whatever resolution is set forth by the DNC)

    I don't have a problem with adding a 5th quarter to resolve the Superbowl either (sure)... but for crying out loud, stop spitting fanatical talking points like a trained pet

    April 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Alex H

    For all of you saying "Obama will never have my vote!",

    Don't flatter yourself! You were never going to vote for Obama to begin with, so stop your ranting lunacy.

    April 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Ian

    California Independent,

    Thank you, once again, for demonstrating the Clinton supporters are the elderly and (clearly in your case) the uneducated. How did Obama exclude two states? How was he involved in the decision to move up the two primary's? Also, why wasn't Hillary saying anything earlier in the election? Where were the cries for disenfranchised voters then? Obama has, many times, stated that Hillary can stay in as long as she wants. But it is also clear that her delegate and popular vote math is as flawed as her fiscal math. Lastly, if you would really vote for McCain instead of Obama in the GE it shows that you really do not vote on issues. You are probably one of those Hillary supporters that thinks Obama copied Hillary's plans. Well, they are very similar so I ask you how you could vote for Hillary's plans but not Obama's? McCain's plans are the exact opposite. . .

    April 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Terry Williams

    This just means that there is going to be a seating of the delegates based on the January vote in some way. The proposal is still seat some based on that vote, and the rest to be seated based on the outcome of the popular vote nationally. hmmm. =)

    April 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Frances

    The DNC should not have penalized Michigan and Florida for moving up their primary elections because Iowa and New Hampshire moved up their dates as well so that they would still be the first states to hold their contests. The DNC didn't have any problem with Iowa and New Hampshire moving up their dates. The elections in Michigan and Florida were held despite the fact that no candidates campaigned there leaving it even contests. Hillary Clinton won both contests fairly and should receive those delegates, and the uncommitted should go to Obama.

    April 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Zoinks

    Wait a minute, Michigan is still a state?

    These jokers don't have a clue what they are doing. What's this like the 20th announcement about what Michigan is doing. Guess moving the vote up really worked out great for them.

    April 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Len

    Good, about time they end this either split it 50/50 or now vote.

    Obama 08 and if the DNC forces Clinton then I'm voting McCain like most independent and young voters.

    April 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. DNC

    You make me sick. I sooo done with the Democratic Party. Obama will never, ever get my vote. I guess he does not care much how he wins – just so long as he does. If the shoe were on the other foot and he wanted the votes to count he would be screeming bloody murder about racism and supressing the vote. But I guess he does not care since he does not need their votes. Ah, but he will in November.!! Good luck.

    April 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Ian


    If you stay home and vote the 1000 years of Iraq will actually be on your head. The inability you have of being able to unite under a the democratic primary winner demonstrates that you fall into the pro Hillary crowd or, in other words, the elderly or uneducated.

    April 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Terry Williams

    Wouldn't the uncomitted vote be more than generous for Obama since that Uncomitted vote included people who voted for John Edwards?

    April 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. vince - phoenix

    Hilary supporters must be exhausted from constantly having to "move the goalposts" that would miraculously give her a victory..

    April 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Lee WV

    How sweet it is to be a Republican.We get to laugh for a while.Is this really a party we want running the country.I'll probably vote for Obama in Nov.But I'll always be a Republican!!!

    April 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Ms Mobee

    All hail, the old fart, President McInsane.

    April 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Choice

    Give me a choice between a politician who makes rule as she/he goes and the one who follow the rule. I will choose the one who follow the rule big time.

    April 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Joanne

    None of the votes in all 50 states will have anything to do with this election. You can all sit back and wait to see what the superdelegates say, because THEY AND ONLY THEY, will decide who the nominee is. That is the sad, sad truth of it all, we just don't matter. Every single candidate will say exactly what you want to hear, and the one elected will follow their own personal agenda and to hell with the people of the USA.

    April 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Theresa

    Michigan chose to change the date of their primary knowing what the rules said and ultimately what would happen. Hillary was the only democrat on the ballot and still only got 55% of the vote. She won?

    Obama didn't make the rule, he didn't press for them to change the date, he didn't oppose a new vote.

    He said that he'd go along with whatever was decided!


    April 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. John, PA

    Obama blocked the re-vote in Michigan... that is what you call Un-American.

    April 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Logic

    I am delighted the delegates from Michigan woke up and started to play by the rules... I live in Florida and totally disagree with the notion of another presidential vote... Anyone who breaks the rules should'nt be rewarded...

    April 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Tex

    As an Obama supporter, I have no problem seating both the Michigan and the Florida delegations as long as Obama agrees with the split and it has to be a fair split since both these two states (only ones out of 48) and Hillary (only Democratic Candidate ) both violated the DNC rules and tried to cheat their way in. In addition, Hillary was the only candidate to violate her pledge to obey DNC rules. Now that we see Hillary’s tendencies to "misspeak" and play dirty, they can be seated as long as Obama is treated fairly.

    April 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. The Mispeak Corrector

    . . . .Now let's make sure that we understand that it was Michigan Dems
    that ruled out the re-vote, so that it will not be blamed on Senator Obama
    this time.

    April 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Chuck in Oregon

    Michigan is my birth home and most of my relatives and friends there would have voted for Obama had he been on the ticket but they voted for Clinton because he was not listed, that is 60 people. I wonder how many others voted likewise. Regardless had Michigan and Florida left their original scheduled primaries where they were and Hillary and Barack were able to campaign there, I am sorry to say, Hillary more than likely would not have won by 55%, and it is questionable if she would have won at all. Florida and Michigan were to follow right behind the last super Tuesday where Obama was kicking hinney and continued to do so until Ohio. BTW Obama won Texas not Hillary ... check the numbers

    April 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Jennifer

    I hope Howard Dean is thrown out as head of the DNC – this whole fiasco is his fault. What a jerk! You cannot split the votes because that would NOT be fair. Hillary won 55% of the votes so she should get those delegates. Give the rest to Obama. I can't see it as any other fair way. As for Florida, Obama was running TV ads in violation of the agreement not to campaign.....he should be stripped of Florida delegates and give Hillary her portion. The remaining delegates should vote for the person who has the majority of popular votes overall when the primaries are finished.

    April 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Ian


    the Democratic leadership are not the sharpest tools in the shed??? Really??? Please tell me the great Republican leaders of the past 7 years?

    April 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. d

    Hillary should get her 55% and Obama the 40%.

    That is more than his fair share considering some of those uncommitted voters were for Edwards instead of Obama.

    50/50 is not acceptable…..

    Exactly how is that fair? You dont think people who would of voted for Obama or Edwards decided to vote for Hillary becaus SHE WAS THE ONLY CANDIDATE ON THE BALLOT???????

    How is it fair when you know that tons of voters proably just decided to stay home since it was known there votes wouldnt get count

    The fact that Clinton ONLY got 55 percent when she was the ONLY PERSON is disgusting and should most certainly be rewarded 55 percent of the delgates when she was only able to muster up a little over HALF the states votes being the ONLY candidate.

    April 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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