Bigwigs Wrangle Over Fla., Michigan

Campaigns, states, party try to resolve barred delegates mess
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2008 8:16 AM CST
Hillary Clinton celebrating her "Potemkin village" win in the Florida primary. Delegates from Florida and Michigan have been barred from the DNC convention.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's race to capture every pledged delegate has revived a contentious issue: what to do with the disqualified delegates from Michigan and Florida. Both campaigns, state leaders, and party elders all agree that something must be done. But the party is at an impasse over how to proceed, not least over who would foot an $18 million bill for a do-over, writes the New York Times.

Both campaigns are open to a possible revote, although Obama's side is more cautious; they would rather see a simple 50-50 split of delegates. Both states' governors and DNC chairman Howard Dean would be fine with a revote—but both sides want the other to pay for it. Even with a revote, however, neither candidate would likely be able to pass the threshold of 2,209 pledged delegates to win the nomination outright.