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. Dan, Michigan

    Michigan says it takes shape... but, quickly realizes that it would fall apart after the Obama organizers realize that Republicans are going to turn out in droves to overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton to skew the election and keep the Dems infigthing. Bias at it's best!
    Meanwhile Mccain raises millions to point out how the Dems are just vieing for control and political power and that their own political prestige is more important that simply leaving what is done at bay, whereeby they should just change the DNC ruling to reflect the current circumstances.
    If the Hillary + Obama ticket were going to be a "Dream Team" ticket for the Dems then I think that idea is all but dead after the turnout of this biased and yet another botched/rigged election quagmire.

    March 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Jay MN

    If these states vote again, then in 2012, any state that wants to move their primary whenever they want can do so. If the DNC threatened not to seat their delegates, they can just say "Yeah, right" because a precedent will have been set in 2008. If the DNC forced the issue, the state could arguably sue because, again, a precedent will have been set in 2008.

    The good part is that New Hampshire could actually be the last state on the schedule in 2012. No more ego trip for the Granite State.

    March 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Chris, Orlando

    Why isn't CNN reporting on Obama's "spiritual advisor" and his anti-American, racist comments???

    Anyone care to answer??? CNN???

    Thought so. Your love for Obama is so blatant, it makes me ill.

    March 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Martin


    so now, if it can stop Hillary from saying that the results of the first Michigan primary were legitimate, it will bring back some reality in a campaign that had become delusional.

    March 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. phil

    the national committees keep on declaring that states rights are most important when cutting at each others parties .. stATES RIGHTS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN NATIONAL COMMTTEE RIGHTS.. in all cases . unlike at times federal laws need to be in place . but again this a group that thinks it rules the people not represents the populace

    March 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Jack

    Great news for both Hillary and Obama....

    Dems can't expect to win in Nov. by "punishing" Mich voters when they had nothing to do with breaking DNC rules.

    Hillary can now win Mich legitimately and increase her share of the popular vote.

    Michigan being the last primary of the season will give her good momentum in talking to the superdelegates.

    March 14, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Khalid

    How is it fair to my original candidate john edwards his message would have won michigan and completely changed the complexion of this race. If this is allowed we might as well start the whole process again. Michigan and Florida messed up. Take it up with your local democrats

    March 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. jhs

    It really sucks for the Democrats that voted in the Republican Primary because they knew thier vote wouldn't count.

    March 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. king from toronto

    you know if they allow this to happen,it's gonna be kaos in 2012.every state is gonna be moving up there primarys.and it's all going to come back to this.nice way to be setting examples about "rules are made to be broken".what do you think the next generation is gonna take away from this??????????

    March 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Ed

    This is all about preparing the country for a do-over if the Dems don't like the results of the General Election in November.

    March 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Bob, NY

    Never take responsibility for you actions, it's the progressive way..

    March 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. vanchava

    I would much rather Michigen vote then Florida. Michigen has a heavy AA and young vote population.

    March 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. James

    June 3rd?

    Is this the GOP plan, or are the Dems really that stupid?

    March 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Randy Buist - Michigan

    As a Michigan voter, it seems like some sort of waste of money. Clinton only got 60% of the vote when she was the only option besides 'Uncommitted."

    Why not seat our delegates at 50/50 and save millions?
    It was our own state party, our own govenor, and our own legislature that tried breaking the rules to place us in a more prominent position for this primary.

    Now – we will still get rewarded for trying to break the rules? Perhaps our politicians should learn what it means to play 'fair.' Or would that be asking too much of my own Govenor Granholm who supports a Clinton campaign bent on winning at all cost?

    March 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. jp/michigan

    Oh! Like people are going to be honest and state they are democrats and did not vote in the republican primary. The state of Michigan should have a democratic party affiliation list. The DNC must have one because they know how to call me in January and vote uncommitted for Obama!

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

    Good, I know many people who would have voted for Obama if his name was on the ballot. Obama will do well in Michigan especially with our unpopular govenor campaigning for Hillary.

    March 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Trav

    This is not fair to the many registered independents in Michigan.

    March 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Sean Pickett

    The question that I've never heard asked is "why did Michigan and Florida choose to move their democratic primaries". What was the motivation? Didn't they understand the full effect of their decision? Who made the decision? Have they been held accountable for their judgement? (OK – maybe that's 5 questions.....)

    March 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Becky in In.

    Sounds fair thier votes need to be counted!!!

    March 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Stephanie, PA

    It's still amazing how Clinton can claim to have "won" Michigan when she was the only major Dem candidate on the ballot!

    Additionally, Michigan and Florida Dem leaders knew the ramifications of voting before their appointed time. Now a ton of money is going to be spent, money which could go to the general election, so their constituents can re-vote. Citizens in those states should really hold their "leaders" accountable for this blunder! They intentionally defied DNC leadership at the sake of voters. They never anticipated it would go south like this. Horrible!

    All this and at the end of the day Obama and Clinton as still going to split FL and Michigan votes. Waste of time and money!

    Obama '08

    March 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. IHNCNH

    All this is doing is setting up every election year for the same garbage. I believe it's completely unfortunate that the votes would not count, however, the elected officials defiantly broke the rules. They must pay the consequences. As a child you are told, break the rules, suffer the consequences. You don't go into work 2 hours late every day only to get fired, and then the boss says, "You know what...actually, stick around, its ok." No, you get FIRED. There are no second chances.

    Where was Hillary 4 to 5 months ago when the candidates agreed in unison that they would accept this punishment, because of the early votes. They all knew about it, Hillary didn't think she would come so close to losing and now she NEEDS every little bit she can get. You want to have a sob story and talk about being fair?? It's wrong to repeal this decision, although a revote would most likely favor Barack Obama.

    March 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Paul

    Michigan, unlike Ohio, will support Obama. Many Obama supporters did not vote at all the last time around so watch out Hillary. Be careful what you wish for.

    Michigan for Obama

    March 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Ellie

    Is Michigan nuts? Why should the DNC reimburse them for their Governor's decision to change their primary date?

    Why is the DNC footing the bill when they did NOT create this mess? How convenient for Gov. Granholm (clearly a Clinton supporter) to bill the DNC rather that HER state paying for the RE-VOTE!!

    As a taxpayer, I don't feel I should HAVE to reimburse Michigan for anything. Governor Granholm SHOULD be held responsible and should FOOT THE BILL for her decision break the rules!!

    I'm ALL for a RE-VOTE but I don't feel the DNC should PAY for it. Governor Granholm should foot the bill since it was SHE who made the decision to break the rules to begin with.

    Michigan voters SHOULD be raising HELL with their Governor. It raises a BIG question as to WHY they are NOT doing so. It's their own Governor that silenced their voices!! Bottom line.

    The notion that the DNC is at fault here is just mind-boggling. Why not blame everyone else as well? I mean give me break.

    Right is RIGHT and Wrong is WRONG. Michigan's Governor needs to step up and do RIGHT by her residents and PAY for a re-vote!!!

    End of story.

    March 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Chris Snyder

    This still disenfranchises those of us that voted in the Republican primary because we wanted our vote to matter. I'm an Obama supporter, but voted for McCain in the Republican primary because the thought of a Romney candidacy was too much to stomach and my "uncommitted" vote would be meaningless.

    I realize that the primaries are not required to be fair, but with a two-party system the parties should be trying as hard as they can to have everyone's vote count. If Clinton wins the nomination without winning both the popular vote and the pledged delegate count, there will be outrage – and the Democrats will lose a generation that, even though it is young, has shown itself to be valuable for winning elections.

    March 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Bukky, Baltimore

    WHY should the DNC pay for MI and FL's mess ups. You broke the rules and now you want them to pay to fix it? How ridiculous does that sound

    March 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10