May 8th, 2008
08:17 AM ET
14 years ago

Michigan Dems send latest delegate plan to DNC

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/05/06/primaries.change/art.voting.flag.in.ap.jpg caption="Michigan Democrats have accepted a new compromise."](CNN) - Michigan’s Democrats have accepted a compromise proposal in their latest attempt to ensure their state will be represented at this summer’s Democratic National Convention, CNN has confirmed.

The state party has voted to sign on to a plan devised a week-and-a-half ago by the working group seeking ways to end the impasse, including Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Sen. Carl Levin, Democratic National Committee Member Debbie Dingell and United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger.

The group urged the Democratic National Committee to seat the Michigan delegation under a formula that would give a 10-delegate edge to Hillary Clinton, and allow all 157 delegates and superdelegates to be seated this summer.

Clinton was the only major candidate to appear on the ballot in the state’s January contest, which she won with 55 percent of the vote. No delegates were awarded because of national party penalties on Michigan Democrats for moving up their primary date. Forty percent of January’s primary voters chose the “uncommitted” option on the ballot; a majority of those “uncommitted” delegates are backing Barack Obama.

Clinton’s campaign has said that the results of the January vote – which would give her an 18-delegate edge, 73-55 – should count. Obama’s campaign had said the delegates should be split evenly, 64-64. Another compromise plan submitted by DNC member Joel Ferguson – which would have given half a vote to each pledged delegate, and a full vote to each superdelegate – had been opposed by the Michigan working group.

Under the latest proposal adopted by the state party, which splits the difference between the Obama and Clinton proposals, the state’s 128 pledged delegates would be split 69-59, with the majority going to Hillary Clinton. Michigan Democrats has asked the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee – which meets at the end of the month – to consider the plan.

If both campaigns do not agree on the compromise, the issue will head to the DNC’s Credentials Committee for a resolution.


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soundoff (395 Responses)
  1. LT for Obama

    MIke – You can be so condesending. Have you forgotten that there are two children in the Obama family? Did it occur to you that Michlle may be home with them for a day?

    Just because Hillary put her child off on nanny's and servants does not mean that Michelle has to.

    May 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. David in Chicago

    Jeez... just let them vote and THIS time make sure EVERYONE is on the ballot.... or just give her th +10 delegates.. christ it doesn't even matter when Obama's lead is so huge now.

    May 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. whodat

    FEDUP, you are a racist idiot.FDR was definetly on the ballot you retard!Go read a book or something.No wonder you vote for Clinton.She gets all of the lying,racist,idiots to vote for her.Fortunatly you are not in the majority.In fact most of you are very old and will be dead soon.RIP Hillary 08.

    May 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. 2muchHate

    I CAN NOT BELIEVE ALL THIS "HATE" THE HILLARY SUPPORTERS HAVE IN THEIR HEARTS.

    DID EVERYONE SEE THOSE EXIT POLLS? – OBAMA SUPPORTERS % WAS HIGHER- THAT THEY WILL VOTE FOR CLINTON IF SHE WAS THE ONE– THEY WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE PARTY.
    THIS IS SO "SAD"

    SO, IF YOU LOSE YOUR HOUSE, LOSE YOUR JOB, LOSE LOVE ONES IN THE WAR – DO NOT FILL THE BLOGS WITH YOUR COMPLAINTS BECAUSE YOU RATHER PICK BUSH/MCCAIN, BECAUSE OF YOUR HATE-

    ALL THIS HATE IS LIKE THE RACE IS MORE GOOD vs EVIL– ALL THIS HATE IS NOT GOOD FOR THE NATION.

    SAD

    May 8, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. paul oregon

    if the rules are changed every time you dont like them why even have rules. i smell a rat. we dont have a dem party we have the clinton party .this is a frist the person winning has no say ??????
    thats like this premiary election WHY ARE THE PEOPLE EVEN

    VOTING WE HAVE NO SAY THE SUPER DELEGATES HINT HINT
    AND THE CLINTON PARTY ARE ARE GOING TO TELL US DUMB
    SHEEP WHATS BEST FOR US .

    WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Seth

    Any Clinton supporter who would vote for McCain was never a Democrat to begin with. The policy differences between Obama and McCain are enormous. You can tell all your friends that you are voting for McCain, but when you get in that booth you will now what the right decision is. Otherwise, you will be as much to blame for this country going down the tubes for 4 more years with McCain at the helm.

    May 8, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. FEDUP

    Obama was an Idiot to remove his name from the ballot in Michigan. Hillary did not break the rules by leaving her name on the ballot. Obama wised up and left it on in Florida. Obama campaigned in Michigan for people to vote non-committed. He was the only candidate to run ads in Florida, against the rules. He still lost..

    May 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. LT for Obama

    JIm said "Unfortunately, Obama made the poor decision to not put his name on the Mich. ballot. Isn't this just proving what opponents have been saying about him? Isn't this similar to voting absent? He's showing that he doesn't care about the Mich. and FL. voters. Why doesn't the public see this?!!"

    Ummmm... Barack did not put his name on the ballot because HE was following the RULES. Can't fault him for doing what he was asked to do. You can fault Hillary for agreeing to the rules and then flip flopping and saying they do count after all.

    May 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. JB

    The only person DIVIDING OUR PARTY IS HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!! Michigan and Florida broke the RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, they should count their votes but in a fair way!!!
    Obama all the way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. PD from CA

    Why would Michigan propose such a thing? That seems totally clueless on their part. Awarding Hillary 10 delegates more than Obama? In a primary that didn't have his name on the ballot because he abided by the rules the DNC established for Michigan but that Hillary ignored? What a joke.

    May 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. JB

    BARACK WAS NOT IN THE TICKET PPL HELLO!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Obama

    He would only care about this if the shoe were on the other foot. Obama is self centered and only cares about himself. He could care less about any ones votes not counting, unless of course it affected him.

    May 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Tim Dunaway

    It seems to me that this could have all been avoided if Michigan and Florida played by the rules established by the DNC. I believe it was clear that if they (MI and FL) held their primaries earlier than the DNC approved date, their delegates would not count and they did so anyway. Rules are rules and they should apply to equally to every state. So, I am sorry but I do not feel that they have anything to complain about. If your voice in this election meant that much to you, then you should have complied with the rules. But then again, that is a concept that seems to be so 'old fashion' and superannuated these days.

    May 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Greg Pa

    They should be split as the pole outcome states. Why should Hillary pay for Obama not putting his name on a ballot . This is just one more example of his bad judgment. Hillary should get 73 delegates and obama should get 0 .If he is really so dumb as to think MI would not be seated he doesn't live in the real world.

    May 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Bill

    Hillary should leave the Democratic party and run as an independant. She has more real support than Obama, she wins BIG states and the DNC is alienating Florida and Michigan. She could probably win the presidency if not hamstrung by the stupid decisions of the DNC. She has had to run against Obama, the Democratic party leaders and the obviously biased Main stream media and she is still standing.

    May 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Divanto

    All these problems could have been avoided if the DNC penalized Clinton by excluding her from participating in the primaries for breaking the DNC rules that required all the candidates to remove their names from the Michigan ballot.

    May 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. dj

    No one is really paying attention to the fact that many of us Dems.
    will not Vote for Obammmaaaa. If Hillary Clinton is not our Nominee.
    A good lot of us are going to either not vote or vote Republican.
    Myself included.
    I' m not real sure why the media does not talk about this.
    Also, The Media really seems to bash Hillary as often as they can.
    The whole trught about Obamamamaaaa and his wife has not come out yet. Just wait..
    You all who are for Obamamaaaa will kick yourself once everything comes out about him. And, it will.

    May 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. LB

    Hillary is the one who is bringing MI and Fl up the most because she is behind. What a cheat!! If she was ahead she would be saying they broke the rules and don't count. She new this going into the race, but wants to change the rules to suit her. If the Dems lose the election this year and she runs again in 2012 she won't get my vote then. Kiss her chances goodbye!

    May 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. John

    The pundits want Hillary to step out? What is the hurry?Charles Rangel put it right.So a second in the contest should step out ,just because she cannot win.Who has the right to predict Obama is going to win? The pundits ofcourse.Most of them are job seekers!! Well my friends,you may be on the wrong ship on wrong direction with a wrong forcast.House speaker Nancy Pelosi is right when the said elections can change.Hillary as tough as she is,spends her own money for the campaign , How about Obama sponging on pensioners money,veterans,the poor who cannot afford.On top of it the pundit are shameless to bragg for Obama! This campaign still has several curves to negotiate. I don't think Obama is the right candidate,Hillary is.

    May 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Cardinal

    It's time for America to tell Hillary "It's been a great run, but I have an early morning tomorrow and there's still a lot of cleaning to do. So...drive safely...and I'll call you..."

    May 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Serge the Dem

    Cheaters never prosper... neither do idiots who break their parties rules and then try to play along anyways...

    Accept responsibility for letting your elected state representatives ruin your say in these primaries!

    May 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. b

    It's subliminally obvious that CNN is pro-Hillary. It's similar to an issue about pride that they have with Hillary, and CNN can't hide it.

    May 8, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Bill-MIAMI BEACH

    I voted and i knew it wouldnt count-sorry hillary. Go OBAMA!

    May 8, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Johnny Be Good

    If I were Obama I would say no too because he is WINNING!!! DUH,
    The same would be ture if the queen of america were in his shoes. THE STATES ARE THE ONES TO BLAME; not my candiate who decided to play by the rules. How can you people say that it is Obama fault. I mean, it will be his fault this time, but not when FL and MI decided to break the rules. I am done with this issue. Those states are the ones to blame and quit frankly HRC supporters are just beating a dead horse and need to get over it. Put yourself in his shoes people, would you do it? Nope, did'nt think so......what that word i'm looking for......double standard.

    May 8, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Dave in Atlanta

    If I were Barack Obama I would urge acceptance of this proposal just to put Hillary on the spot. Carl Levin knows this proposal is unfair to Hillary even as he pushes it. 10 measley delegates? When she needs 150 just to catch up with Obama?

    Obama 08

    May 8, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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