March 7th, 2008
12:06 PM ET
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Puerto Rico Democrats look to move up June vote


(CNN) - The Democratic Party of Puerto Rico has submitted a revised plan to the Democratic National Committee that would move its presidential nomination contest from June 7 to June 1.

The proposed plan would also change the contest from caucuses to a primary.

“This is an important mark in the political history of Puerto Rico,” said Roberto Prats, the territory’s Democratic party chairman, according to an account in the Spanish-language paper El Nuevo Dia.

The move would not become official until the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee approves the new plan after a 30-day comment period.

If approved, the shift would make the Montana and South Dakota primaries on June 3 the final Democratic contests of the 2008 primary season, if Michigan and Florida do not hold repeat votes after that date.

A DNC spokeswoman confirms to CNN that the party has received the revised plan, and that the date change is likely to be approved, though official action won’t be taken for at least a month.

There are 55 pledged delegates at stake in Puerto Rico, and 8 superdelegates. Puerto Rico Republicans held their presidential nominating contest on February 24.

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soundoff (58 Responses)

    GO PR!! they are right form making it a primary. caucuses are just two hours. how are 2,000,000 people going to vote in two hours. and not just that but republicans also come and vote to mess us up. thats why obama has all this money and is in the lead right now. the republicans are voting for him because he is the easier candidate to beat. the republicans have his heritage, tony rezko and other things that they can use to easily beat obama.

    and OBAMA supporters: STOP CRYIN'! all you guy do is whine and badmouth others who do not support him. he is also forcing black superdelagates to vote for him, saying one thing and doing the other and he might go to jail because of the rezko case. im a proud black woman and i do NOT WANT OBAMA IN THAT OFFICE!!! DO NOT VOTE FOR HIM!!

    HILLARY 08

    March 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. JVt

    -you are vastly misinformed....go to the library read about history between U.S. and Puerto Rico!

    March 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    You folks complaining about caucuses are only doing so because Hillary lost the delegate count in Texas (i.e., she lost Texas). Had it been the other way around, you wouldn't be making those silly remarks. Go for a real change, vote Obama!

    March 7, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Haley Rodman Clemson

    Is Puerto Rico going to become a state one day or is it going to become its own nation? Also, why do they get to vote in the primaries? Finally, it's pretty clear that they are pulling for Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. aware

    Good for the Democratic Party of Puerto Rico! This is awesome!

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 and the smart choice! Yes, we will! 🙂

    March 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. After further review,Texas

    I agree,PR should now be free to have their own country.they can have their own military,taxes and a President of their own just like Cuba.

    March 7, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. tkia11

    All this hype about a man who just recently surfaced...where was he a year ago................? If it was a job applications......she would take it hands she should and hopefully will. Go Hillary....Some people are so weak speech and there they go.....Hey, Obamabots, I have some ocean front property in Arizona!!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Joseph

    All of the sudden everyone wants to question the votes of the people of Puerto Rico. I wonder why? Could it be that Hillary may win that election since they have a large Hispanic population? I didn't hear these complaints when Obama won the Virgin Island primary not long ago. And maybe they are changing the rules because now three days after the Texas Caucus we still don't have even half of the results.

    March 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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