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Dems Could Meet Florida, Michigan Halfway

By Wyatt Earp | May 29, 2008

Read: the Democrats are revising their “shenanigans.”

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Democratic Party is likely to meet rule-breaking Florida and Michigan halfway when it comes to seating their delegates at the national convention, two members of the rules committee said Wednesday.

Such a move may help Sen. Hillary Clinton close the delegate gap with front-runner Sen. Barack Obama but not overtake him, said sources familiar with party deliberations.

The sources did not want to be identified because the full committee has not discussed the problem or ruled on it.

Reply for Barack Obama: “Oh, crap.”

Clinton and her supporters have been pressing for a compromise that seats as many delegates from the two states as possible. Clinton’s Web site encourages people to write to the Rules and Bylaws Committee.

“There is one number that we are going to be satisfied with, and that is 2.3 million people having their votes counted,” Clinton supporter Tina Flournoy said. About 600,000 people voted in Michigan and about 1.7 million in Florida.

The party needs “to recognize the January primary votes in both of those states,” Clinton campaign co-chairman Harold Ickes said Wednesday. (H/TCNN)

I am truly surprised that this ruling was such a long time coming. The Democrat’s primary process has been laughable, especially since there are two candidates that are splitting the party in twain. No matter what the outcome in the Dem primary, though, some supporters will be angry. This is a step toward a more fair election process, and that helps everyone – especially the voters in Florida and Michigan.

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