Mich. Inches Closer to June Re-Vote

Approval of privately financed primary must come within week
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2008 4:20 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Michigan’s Democratic primary will take place—again—on June 3 if Barack Obama and the state legislature agree on a re-vote and private funds can be raised, the Detroit Free Press reports. Negotiators struck a tentative deal this afternoon on a full-fledged primary repeat, which state lawmakers must approve by the end of next week.

The negotiators, including Sen. Carl Levin, stressed that funding for the election would be privately raised, not from public coffers. Obama has said he’d support any fair plan to seat the state’s 156 delegates, though his campaign didn’t return calls from the Free Press. The unusual legislation is already written and could be shown to legislators this weekend.