March 14th, 2008
09:57 AM ET
15 years ago

New Michigan primary proposal takes shape

(CNN) - A proposal is taking shape for Michigan Democrats to hold a new presidential primary, a Democratic source close to the negotiations says, after the national Democratic Party refused to recognize the results of their first vote two months ago.

Under the proposal, the state of Michigan would hold a new primary on June 3, and the Democratic Party would reimburse the state for the cost of running the election, ensuring the state had the cash in hand before voting began.

The Democratic National Committee refused to recognize the results of the primary Michigan held on Jan. 15 because it allowed only four states – not including Michigan – to hold primaries before Feb. 5.

Many Democratic presidential contenders had their names taken off Michigan's ballot after the DNC decision, including Sen. Barack Obama. Sen. Hillary Clinton did not remove her name from the ballot, and won 55 percent of the vote. Some 40 percent of Michigan Democrats filed ballots declaring themselves "uncommitted."

The Michigan state legislature would have to push the plan through by next Thursday

Michigan voters wanting to cast ballots in the new primary would have to identify themselves as Democrats and certify that they did not vote in the state's Republican primary in January. Michigan normally does not require party identification in primary elections.

South Dakota is also slated to hold its Democratic primary June 3.

- CNN's John Roberts

Filed under: Michigan
soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. tomdavie

    as for this Michigan revote.......

    Let me get this straight. Its OK to redo the michigan primary but NOT the Florida one?


    They are going to have to count the Florida vote .

    March 14, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Seam, Florida

    What's the point of having a rule, if it's going to be broken? What did the DNC get out of this? An expensive bill to pay for a another primary.

    We have some dumb leaders in this country. The next time I break a rule, I will defer back to Michigan and Florida.

    It's really a joke when the people that made the rule are the one's paying for the reversal in the end.

    Howard Dean is a whack job.

    March 14, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |


    March 14, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Cajun James

    This is a fair solution. especially the stipulation to prevent Republicans from voting in the Democratic Primary. Republicans crossing over is the only reason Hillary won Texas by the slim margin that she did. It has also affected other states primaries where it has been allowed.
    The Republican talk show hosts have been encouraging this because they would rather run against Clinton in November. She has many more skeletons in the closet for them to pull out in the November election, which they will not hesitate to do.
    Florida should take a lesson from Michigan and hold the same type of primary and keep the Republicans from interfering with the Democrat Primary results.

    Cajun in Washington State

    March 14, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Independent

    I won't be surprised that Clinton will attack the re-vote results if Obama wins. Clintons will fight to the last blood for their personal gain at the collateral damage of this people, this party and this country.

    March 14, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Ada

    What happened to the RULES set before the campaign started (No delegate from MI and FL)? Rules are rules and cannot be changed in the middle of the game "Howard Dean". Howard Dean should be fired for trying to commit fraud. We are all taking note of what is going is going on. If the Democrat commit such fraud to favor one candidate, it will take a long time for them to recover. As a young woman planning to join the Democrat, I will reject and denouce this party if they do not follow their rules. WHAT A SHAME

    March 14, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Michigan uncommitted voter

    A do over primary is the only fair thing to do.

    March 14, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Francis

    That would be great to have a new primary and take into account Michigaan voters. It is interesting that they come to an agreement faster on MI and still have trouble agreeing in FL. Could it be that the Obam campaign is being difficult and dragging its feet because they know that Hillary would clearly win there....
    I would never put anything past the OBama campaign. They are the most untrustworthy and double talking group ever put together by the Democratic party. A bunch of whiners accusing of racism anyone who dares critisize Obama. They only ones really playing the race card is this campaign, not Bill Clinton, not Rangell, not Ferraro, or any of the other who have been smeared so far.

    March 14, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Albo


    March 14, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. ron

    T has to be an open primary as it was before, can not close it out to DEMS only. If they do it will be breaking the rules and disinfranchising people all over again!

    March 14, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    We all knew that the DNC would fold under pressure. Why even sanction them in the first place?

    March 14, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Albo

    Has this a purpose ?? Polls show OBAMA/HLTON in a dead draw


    March 14, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. franklahai

    Well, where will all these endorsements really get Hillary? She is so far behind in the all the counts (e.g., pledged delegates) that PA is only prolonging an outcome that has already been determined. A vote for Hillary in PA will only add more to the division in the Dems party and their downfall in the general election. If Ohio and Texas could not serve as firewalls for Hillary, PA cannot be the SOLUTION to her loss to date.

    If you are a strong Catholic, you need to contribute not only dollars to the movement by Obama, but please offer a decade of the Rosary for the election of a decent young man, Obama, to the White (pure) House. We need decency back in this great nation.

    March 14, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Goodheart

    Congrats Michigan.... you know what you're doing. Can you give some advice now to our friends in Florida. Why does Florida always seem to have trouble when it comes to elections?

    March 14, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. EBC

    Michigan should pay for re-vote. I don't feel the DNC should pay since it was Governor Granholm's doing that her residents were not seating by violating the rules.

    I don't think the DNC should reimburse Michigan for their Governor's stupidity.

    Governor Granholm should PAY and I'm surprise that Michigan residents are NOT holding HER accountable!! What's wrong with this picture?

    Why should my hard-earn tax paying dollars go towards reimbursing the state of Michigan, why should Americans that live outside this state be penalize by footing the bill???????

    If they want a re-vote, they should pay.

    March 14, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Cindy

    Yea! Go Michigan!

    March 14, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Mike

    You can't follow the rules, you can't play the game. No sympathy.

    March 14, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Jayson

    Isn't it a shame that Florida's Democratic party doesn't seem to care as much about their voice being heard.

    March 14, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Isaac

    If they figure out a solution for MI they better figure something out for FL. Obama campaign wants MI but not FL because they know MI will be closer and FL will not be.

    Why don't they just use the vote totals they already have, giving Obama the uncommitted and letting FL stand but half the delegate amount so there is still punishment for moving their primary up and still representation of those that voted???

    And no 50/50 delegate split is NOT fair.

    March 14, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Tracy Lupejkis

    Did the DNC approve 'reimbursing' Michigan? If it did, that's fine. But I was under the impression it could not afford to fund both Michigan and Florida 're-dos' because it's funds were slated for the general election.

    Whatever the DNC decides is fine with me. Other than Florida EVER being able to have a 'mail in' vote. Florida is not so good at the 'walk in' vote and needs to hone that skill first.

    March 14, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Jenny

    CNN – you have not allowed anyone's opinion other than those supporting Obama out here. Let us speak.

    This is a racist campaign. When 92% of the black vote goes to a black man, they are voting race, not issues. This is an outrage, and it's an outrage that will work against exactly what they're trying to do, because people are disgusted by it. If they were really voting issues, they would be spread their votes between McCain, Clinton, Obama, Huckabee and others, like the rest of us are doing. But they're not. And we all know why. And for those of us who have tried really hard to be just and fair and fought against any type of racism, this is troubling and divisive, and will ultimately move people to vote THEIR OWN race, which will ultimately be the demise of Obama's campaign. Your racist behavior, folks, is perpetuating other racist behavior. let that be a lesson to you all.

    March 14, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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