March 14th, 2008
09:57 AM ET
12 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. Ardnuas

    This is unfair to the states that obeyed the rules!
    You break the rules, you pay the price.... next time OBEY the rules!!!

    March 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Larry Buchas

    I'm one Obama supporter behind this agreement. let the voters get their say.

    March 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. anon

    We can only hope that Florida and Michigan's acts of civil disobedience to the party establishment can in the future break the small states of IA, NH, SC, and NV's hold on the elections.

    It's ridiculous to give four small population states that much power over who the nominees are.

    March 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Jessica, MI

    I wonder what "certify"ing that they did not vote Republican means. Is there really any enforceable way to ensure that Republicans don't come out in full force and vote Hillary, just to mess things up (and because they know she's McCain's best shot to win)

    March 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Marina

    This is great news! Obama will certainly win in Michigan!!

    Go Barack

    March 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Cammi317

    The only fair thing to do is to re-seat the delegates and hold re-elections in both Florida and Michigan. No one should be opposed to a re-vote. I like the requirement to verify that a person did not vote in the Republican election in January. This will help to weed out "party posers'. Also, the people who did not bother to vote because they were aware it would not be counted, will now have their say.

    I think the major worry for the Clinton camp in this re-vote is the fear of losing voters who have since had a change of heart. It can only help the Obama camp. Hillary would have to beat him by a MAJOR percentage in order to take the lead. Either way, it has to be done.

    March 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. nick

    With college students out of school by June 3rd., it hardly seems fair to the Obama camp. Why not do it now?

    March 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Dan Hussein Smith, TX


    Go Obama '08! Let's see how Michigan votes when there is a real campaign.

    March 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Karen

    It is unbelievable the fawning CNN is doing for Barack. It is not covering Barack Obama's racist pastor. Barack gave this man $22,500 in 2006 so this bigot could spew his hatred against white, jews, and Americans. For CNN to only go after Geraldine Ferraro, and to not cover Barack Obama's spiritual advisor is censorship. This nonsense is why Americans think the media is bias. Let us remember that Obama took his children to this church, so hate filled, so ugly, so racist. This says alot about Barack Obama's judgment.

    March 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Goofy

    This sickens me to no end! I suggest every state break the rules from now on. Forget it! What is the incentive to follow rules?

    March 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that this is a good proposal. If the campaigns could put up some of the money as well, that would be even better. In the rush to be first, Michigan (and Florida) ignored the rules and had no regards for the possible actions afterward. I hope that this teaches all the states to understand the rules that the parties have for their nomination contests.

    Besides, moving all of these contests closer to the beginning of the year only forces people to make up their mind too early. Let the press and the campaigns get out their information and their secrets. I hope that it would weed out some of the lessor candidates without them being on a debate.

    March 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. seektruth

    Good! republican will be disppointed! they can't mess up our Democratic primary . maybe Clinton disppointed too?

    March 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. La Petite Sorciere

    So we dont follow rules?? Will clinton manage to steal this election? i can not believe she can get away with it, and with the big stamp of the DNC.
    well, more and more of us will vote Republican..............that is what is happening,
    the Republicans had their work done by Hillary and Bill.............nice going..

    March 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Bobby

    CNN – Where's the story on Obama's Pastor? You're all over the Ferraro story. What gives? Afraid this story could derail Obama's campaign?

    March 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Charlotte

    A strickly democrats only primary, what a novel idea. All states should be like that. California is also a straight party vote. We may be on to something, no more crossover votes to screw with the voice of democrats. Now, if caucus were eliminated which allow a few thousand voters to decide for the whole state. We just might have a fair election?

    March 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. michael, ny

    Would the revote be fair to candidates that have dropped out?
    For instance, John edward. The Michigan' outcoume could have changed the course of his campain.

    If we redo Michigan, does that give Edward a reason to file suit and ask that the whole primrary be started from zero? He would have all the reasons to do so because he could have won Michigan if he actively campained there. It is a very blue colar State.

    To avoid any lawsuit, I think we should just forget the revote option. Maybe do like the republicans did. Slash the delegates in half and then distribute. That way, delegates are seated and the rules are enforced.

    March 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Alonzo Demetrius, FL, USA

    Just how is it that the DNC (or RNC) has the power to render a vote invalid? Perhaps it is better if we all become Independents and vote however we want to.

    The control vested in party leaders is scarey, if you think about it. What kind of democracy is that anyway?

    March 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Donna R.

    I am so happy to hear that our votes will count in Michigan. It is so important for Michigan to be a part of this historic election, I along with so many others are looking forward to vote again. Re-doing this Primary is the fair thing to do for every one involved. Our voices will be heard!!

    Donna R. MI

    March 14, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Dian Mo

    Democratic Party has to show the nation, how can such problem be solved. Both Clinton and Barack have to show the nation, they can work together and she/he can unit the party.

    One of the options that I could propose if split the delegate count into 60% to 40%, i.e. the first primary weight 60% and the second primary weight 40% since some 40 percent of Michigan Democrats filed ballots declaring themselves "uncommitted" in the first primary.

    March 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Becky

    If CNN would ever actually do fair reporting, I think you will find that a re-vote won't be needed once the public learns of Obama's mentor, Rev. Wright. What gives CNN? Afraid of a little fair treatment of Obama instead of all your Hillary bashing?

    How can Obama's camp and Obama talk about racist remarks.

    Obama has attended Rev. Wright's church for more then 20 years. Obama's mentor, teacher, pastor is racist and filled with hate. Michelle and Obama are a product of there church.

    Don't you think this pastor has had any influence on Obama for the past 20 years.

    We are about to elect the next President of the U.S.A. Is there anyone
    here that can honestly say they would want to take that kind of risk.

    I would like to know why CNN has basically pushed this hot issue of
    Obama's pastor under the carpet. Yet bashing after bashing of Hillary?

    March 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. deborah

    This is a step in the right direction, but Florida will be more difficult to solve because of laws on the books that are preventing a realistic solution. It appears unlikely that the Republicans in the Florida legislature or the Republican Governor will take the necessary steps to allow a re-do in Florida. The DNC risks alienating the Democrats in Florida if they don't find a solution. This is exactly what the Republicans want, because they believe disenfrancised Floridians will stay home in November giving Florida to John McCain and giving the Republicans the White House. If this is where our Democracy is headed, I think I need to look into a deserted island for my retirement.

    March 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Michiel W

    Good, Michigan should hold a revote. Florida's primary result should be accepted as they stand. All candidates were on the ballot, none (except Sentor Obama) campaigned there. Just seat the delegates. And CNN, where is the headline on this ticker with regard to Rev J Wright, Senator Obama's spiritual adviser and mentor? People have a right to know who has been influencing Senator Obama for the past 20 years.

    March 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Dr G

    June ? I hope the Obama camp realizes that this would not be good for them. The majority of their supporters are college students who will be away for summer vacation. May would not be good either as that is exam season either way a revote would not be good for the Obama camp..

    March 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Boopie

    Wow...what a precedent this is setting. I'm glad my parents never backed down on what they said.

    March 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Paul

    The results should be honored or a new primary has to take place in Michigan. In Florida, the results must be honored, since every candidate was in the ballot. Moreover, Obama campaigned through tv ads in FLA violating the agreement to not campaign in those states.

    He had his chance, but people chose Hillary.

    Good news

    MICHIGAN & FLORIDA say once again to, loud and clear :

    HILLARY- President of The United States of America!

    March 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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