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. Rory

    Montana is also voting on June 3 (Democratic primary only). But like Rodney, we get no respect!

    Congrats Michigan!

    March 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. David

    How many Dems were in the room after Hillary stole the lightbulb?


    They all left to go to the Rep. room. Atleast there they could see what was going on.

    March 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    Yes. Let us all kneel to the goddess Hillary and help her bend the previously decided upon rules so as to help her along in her zeal for power.

    March 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Kris

    This preacher is representative of Obama. Obama chooses to go to this church in which he feels comfortable and believes the message. Well, this something bad about Obama now doesn't it!!! The preacher is kooky and mean and Obama shares the same traits if he stays at that church.

    March 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. SAM - CommonSense

    Mine ooooh.... Mine! Michigan and Florida will and can always have a voice on who becomes the next president after a character like Bush. Democrats should understand that rules are rules... breaching them means facing the consequences.. We should all move on and select a candidate to face the McCain-Bush Republicans in the fall. These do-overs and all the bickering do not serve the party right.

    March 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Ian Clay

    Senator Obama claims to have the judgement to keep us all safe.
    As a parent I question his judgement on exposing his young children to a church where such hurtful and intolarent comments are made.

    March 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Ed K.

    Count the people's vote. Sorry Obama.

    March 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Eric

    I'm white but I'm also willing to admit that everything the man said is true. Hillary hasn't had to live life as a black man. She hasn't seen racism. Her road has been easier.

    People comparing sexism to racism aren't being honest and they know it. I don't remember any news footage of white women being hit with fire hoses, hung in trees and forced to withstand Jim Crow laws.

    American women have not faced anywhere near the descrimination that African Americans have. Don't forget the time period of the civil rights struggle. Don't forget the time period of lynchings. Don't forget the time period of segregation. Don't forget the time period where African American's were not allowed to compete in professional sport. These time periods where in many of our lifetimes.

    Any woman attempting to draw comparisons to the struggle of black people in American society either don't really care about the struggle of African Americans or are simply being dishonest for political gain.

    Learn to like Obama because he IS your Democratic nominee.

    March 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Maryland

    Okay, let's waste more money re-voting. How can we teach our children to follow the rules or there will be consequences to pay if we allow Florida and Michigan to revote after the state officials made a clear choice not to follow the guidelines set forth by the DNC. It is funny how millions of dollars can be spent on issues like voting but we can not come up with money to get the homeless people off the streets, give veterans better health care and provide our children a better educational system.

    March 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Michael

    We are now seeing the aftermath of Howard Dean trying to push his weight around the DNC. Stripping these states of the delegates was just another blunder under Dean. America when are we all going to wake up, Your vote should count, Elected presidents should not be put into office by delegates, but the the population of the the Legal American People. We don't need Conventions, We don't need the Media, We just need Honest American citizens running for the offices of our elected officials. Do we have any left here? Or do we need to outsource our political candidates. It doesn't seem like anyone we have now listens to us anyway, only big money. Wouldn't be a keen Idea to pay them what they are really worth, "lets say minimum wage" have them pay for their healthcare, pay their bills, oil, gas, electricity, Car insurance, buy food, car payments, Rent or mortgage all on Minimum wage, after all they expect us to do this. We need a new party one who serves the people.

    March 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. CRAIG

    They knew the rules and chose not to follow them, so what is the problem?? The people who chose to move the election when they knew it would not count should be identified and cut loose.

    March 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Mike in Columbus

    Why bother anymore...

    The Democratic base is so splintered now, neither candidate has a prayer of winning in the general election. They have managed to destroy each others chances before it even started. Will we never learn how to win an election???

    I just hope McCain does a good job!

    March 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Arkay, MI

    There is something that needs to be sorted out. Michigan has an open primary and you can choose either the republican or democratic ballot. Are they going to allow all those who voted republican on Jan 15th vote in the democratic primary on Jun 3?

    March 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Frank, San Diego

    Finally, some glimmer of intelligence in this whole mess.

    Let Michigan have its do-over with both Clinton and Obama on the ballot, and then seat the delegates from Florida.

    The Florida primary was as fair as elections get in Florida. Everyone was on the ballot and nobody campaigned there. If people stayed home because they thought it wouldn't count, that was their decision. There is no reason to believe that behavior of that sort would affect the vote count and turnout was high anyway.

    And let's not forget, the Democrats in Florida had nothing to do with moving that primary up. The Republicans did that, and continuing to refuse to seat the delegates just does the Republican's work for them.

    March 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. jerrysf

    Glad to see that Obama has his own Ferraro. Too bad the media won't pursue this in the same way.

    March 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Geraldine Ferraro

    Why even take a vote? Hillary needs to win, because I want the President to be a woman! -er, I mean the most qualified candidate. Yeah, that's what I meant. I promise. Now let's all come together and defeat Reagan this November. Where am I?

    March 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. rick

    if the DNC gives florida and michigan do overs, the DNC will lose all credibility.
    As any parent knows, no means no!
    When you back down you lose your credibility and then no will always mean maybe!

    March 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Kris

    Michigan and Florida should take note of Oregon's mail-in voting. It works great and it is safer as far as corruption goes. Find a way to pay for the new voting. It is fair, but don't include anyone but Hillary, since she was the only one with guts to keep their name on the ballots. As far as it goes, she should get the delgates anyway, the vote was cast, Obama had his chance and made a choice not to have his name on the ballot and he made a concentrated effort to get voters to vote non-committed and it didn't work. Let the votes stand and let the delegates count.

    March 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Mike

    Let them have their say.

    March 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. David in Granville, Ohio

    Why should the DNC have to pay to clean up a problem not of their making? Before super Tuesday everybody, including Hillary Clinton, was OK with the ban on Michigan delegates for breaking the rules. Now that she is behind in the race, Hillary is driving the fake "Michigan voices must be heard" clammor.

    Hold a much cheaper caucus – and watch Hillary scream against that suggestion. That would benefit Barack – and Hillary is only interested in listening to Michigan voices speaking for HER.

    March 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Frank,

    This makes perfect sense. Now let's just seat the delegates from Florida and have done with it.

    The Democrats in Florida had nothing to do with moving the primary up in that state. That was Republican mischief and we only continue their work by refusing to seat delegates chosen in a free and fair election.

    March 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Dave

    Since they are undeniably smart people who must realize they can’t win the Democratic nomination this year it’s becoming clear what Hillary and Bill Clintons strategy is. They intend to bash Obama to the point where he will be unelectable in the general thus giving the election and the White House to their friend, John McCain. McCain has already stated that he most likely won’t run for re-election in 2012 because of his age setting the stage for a 2nd Hillary run. She will enter the Democratic primary that year saying “see, I told you so, I tried to warn you that Obama was unelectable.”

    The Clintons understand that the typical voter has a poor memory so they are banking on the hope that everyone in the party will have forgotten her campaigns antics this year and the unfortunate consequence for Obama in the general election.

    It’s a sad day when a person, or in this case a couple, is so driven by cynicism and a thirst for power that they are willing to sacrifice the good of the Country for their own ambitions and glory. If McCain is elected and we face another four years of Bush style leadership from the White House, both in foreign relations and the economy, the results will be disastrous. The Clintons undoubtedly understand this and see it as an opportunity for Hillary to ride to the Country’s rescue on a white horse in 2012.

    March 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Pam Herzfeld

    The very fact that Barack Obama has attended the church for over 20 years and supported it with financial contribution makes me wonder about his sincerity . How is it possible that he stresses his great judgement and still continues to attend such a racist church? His church is full of hateful message and from the looks of the video, the congregation is cheering him on. Barack Obama could have left the church–I'm sure there are many other churchs in Chicago that don't preach such hatred.Makes me wonder about exactly what this candidate is really about.

    March 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. AW - Los Angeles

    Why spend the money? It was Senator Obama who VOLUNTARILY removed his name from the ballot. He had his staff there to urge voting against Clinton. Just because he couldn't outspend her 2 or 3 to 1 is what he wants. Leave the results as they are and seat the delegates!

    Perhaps is shows how truly inexperienced Senator Obama is – or how he is really not interested in the rights of the voters, of course, unless it is under his terms? Ecks – I am not in favor of that type of thinking for a President. We have something similar to that now!

    March 14, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. ralph anderson

    so she got 55 percent against "no opponent?" where is this headed?

    March 14, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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