Dems in Florida, Michigan Could Get a Re-Vote

With Obama and Clinton in a virtual tie, the party is considering a do-over
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Feb 9, 2008 8:41 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., greets the media after a news conference at her national headquarters in this Feb. 6, 2008 file photo, in Arlington, Va. But with...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Michigan and Florida Democrats—stripped of delegates to the national convention when the states moved their primaries ahead of Super Tuesday—could get another shot at helping select the candidate, the Wall Street Journal reports. With Hillary Clinton and Obama in a dead heat, pressure is mounting on the states to come up with a new delegate-selection process, such as a caucus or convention, that doesn't violate party rules.

A do-over could alienate Democratic voters who already cast ballots, but disenfranchising the two states could also be risky if there is no clear leader before the convention. Clinton's team is expected to oppose caucuses; she won the primary balloting in both states. The Obama camp has welcomed caucuses, in which their man has tended to do well; their candidate was not even listed in the Michigan primary.