Democrats to Michigan: No Votes for You

Party strips state of delegates for moving up primary
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2007 12:18 PM CST
Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer and committee member Debbie Dingell walk away from a meeting of the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee after their case for moving...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Democratic Party today voted to strip Michigan of all its delegates to the Democratic National Convention, a widely expected and possibly temporary punishment for bumping up the state’s primary. Candidates have already agreed not to campaign in Michigan, and some—including Obama and Edwards—have removed themselves from the ballot. But Michigan officials believe the eventual nominee will re-instate the delegates.

Both parties are trying to clamp down on primary calendar leapfroggers, the AP reports. Democrats imposed the same penalty on Florida, while the Republicans cut delegations in half for five states, including Michigan and Florida, but continue to campaign there. “I think it is unconscionable that we continue to grant special treatment to some states,” said Michigan’s Democratic Chairman.