May 6th, 2008
03:31 PM ET
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Blitzer: Hold new Florida, Michigan primaries in August?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Some have raised the possibility of adding the Clinton-Obama race to Florida and Michigan's local elections this August."](CNN) - If neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama emerges after the final June 3 primaries with the magic number of 2,025 delegates – a very real possibility if the remaining contests are close – then this presidential nominating battle could indeed continue until the party convention in Denver that begins on Monday, August 25 and continues until Thursday night, August 28.

That would mean potentially a huge credentials fight on the convention floor involving the seating of those disputed delegates from Michigan and Florida, the two states that moved up their primaries against Democratic National Committee rules and were stripped of those delegates as a result.

Party leaders are clearly very worried about alienating Michigan and Florida voters. Both of those states are critical in the November general election against John McCain.

So how do the Democrats a) avoid a convention floor fight, and b) make sure Florida and Michigan voters are not disenfranchised?

Earlier, there had been an effort to get the two states to hold a second round of primaries but that collapsed for a variety of reasons. As a result, the widely-held assumption has been in recent weeks that it is now too late for such a second round of primaries to take place. But is it?

Here's one idea that is now being floated and that potentially could gain some traction though it would require the DNC changing its current rules which state that the primaries and caucuses must be concluded by early June.

Michigan already has a state-wide primary scheduled for August 5 for local and state elections. Florida has a similar state-wide primary scheduled for August 26, the second day of the Democratic convention in Denver. Why not let the two states add a Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama election to the ballots for those two primaries?

Adding that election to the already scheduled primaries for those two dates wouldn't add any additional cost to the states.

They would simply have to print a new ballot.

Is this a good idea? Would it reassure voters in Michigan and Florida that they would have a say in determining the Democratic presidential nominee? Should the DNC allow this to occur? What do you think?

Here's one thing to ponder – think how exciting that Democratic convention in Denver would be if on the second day it all came down to the Florida primary.

Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (288 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    Why is this stil and issue? The states broke the rules and their delegates should not be seated. The voters of those states should look at towards their leadership for breaking the rules of the DNC. I do beleive that individuals in the State leadership should get fired and outseted out of their jobs for failing their states voters.

    May 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Linda

    Jason, you're calling Obama a FRAUD? A fraud of what? You don't seem to get it. Right up front, it was agreed by all running that Michigan and Florida would not count because of not having the blessing of the DNC. Clinton is behind and feels the need to manipulate the numbers in her direction by now counting Michigan and Florida.

    You sound so ignorant when you say things like that, calling people FRAUD!

    May 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Ken

    The solution is not that hard. The only hard part is that anything done at this point makes the party leaders look weak and indecisive for not having done whatever they finally decide to do, at an earlier time. The people voted. Count the votes and award the delegates.

    May 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Anson From New York

    This is the worst ridiculous... I have heard!

    She knows she's losing. That's an act of desperation! She never expects Obama, the people's champ to rise up the way he does. She thought the country was still in the Dark Age. She's been caught by surprised. Now she wants to change the rules in the middle of the game to favor her. It won't happen... No way!

    May 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Josh

    Do all of the people (democrats) saying they will vote for McCain if the Fl and MI votes do not count realize they are playing right into the hands of the Republican decision makers in those states? It was the Republican's who made the decision to move the primary up, knowing full well that they were breaking the rules. So if you all want to be pawns go ahead and deliver the election on a silver platter.

    May 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Matthew Manley, Nashville TN

    This is a TERRIBLE idea. It saddens me that the media cares more about a good story than the good of our country.

    May 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Betty

    Maththe mathamtically it is impossible for Obama to win enough delegates to reach 2025 and clinch the race before voting ends on June 3 either. So why are you Obamabots picking on Hillary saying she is the one who cannot win?

    Our flag has 50 stars, not 48. We cannot disenfranchise Michigan and Florida. That's the bottom line!

    May 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Dan , TX

    I think they'll seat FL and MI as the republicans have, at 1/2 size. That will give Hillary a chance if she dominates all the remaining primaries. If the remaining primaries turn out relatively evenly split, MI and FL won't be enough to overcome Obama's lead.

    May 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Joanna

    If this will a) avoid a convention floor fight, and b) make sure Florida and Michigan voters are not disenfranchised...I say let's do it!

    May 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Tired of Clinton and Blitzer

    We get it Wolf, but could I remind you how Hillary was so vocal about the red states Obama won shouldn't count. Look it up Wolfster...Florida and Michigan BOTH went to Bush.

    Between your outrageous suggestoins and the Clintons with their goal post moving I have had enough of this campaign. America needs to know who the Democratic nominee is so we can move on with our lives and not keep playing into Hillary's daily soap opera.

    May 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Ted in Chicago

    First Poster

    Print the ballotts – that cost is maybe 1/100th of the cost of places people logistics etc

    And the DEMS already said – that Jon Corzine of NJ – would find the money or write a check for any and all expenses – when FL and MI first tried to get new primaies

    So money is not the issue
    It comes down to

    is it insane to wait for August?
    If NO – then insane to wait for day two of convention? ( Maybe move FL up to day of MI)

    And cost – private money pays – the state runs it

    Again – recall HRC said count them or revote them and BO sent in the lawyers and stopped it in FL and MI - eventhough all costs would be paid for privately'

    How we count ND and SD and WY etc and not FL and MI that can give the election to the REPS is beyond me

    AS Dean said a week ago – the delegates will be seated – it is a question of how

    May 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. fred

    Great Idea!!

    Go Hillary!!

    May 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Leroy

    Don't hold a second election. Discount all the MI and FL voters, disenfranchise them, and help hand the presidency to McCain. The Dems can't win the General without those 2 states. I like it!

    May 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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