Dems Closer to Florida Deal; Dean Vows to Seat Delegates

Campaigns, party consider reducing votes by half
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2008 10:06 PM CDT
Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean   (AP Photo/The Rocky Mountain News, Judy Dehaas)
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(Newser) – The Obama and Clinton campaigns and the DNC are discussing a plan to seat Florida’s 185-delegate slate according to the outlaw primary’s results—but to give the delegates only half a vote each, Politico reports. Separately, Dean met with Florida Democratic leaders today and declared, "We will absolutely seat the delegation at the convention.”

Clinton won 67% of the vote in Florida’s primary and would net 19 delegates under the new plan. All of the state’s 26 superdelegates would be seated with their full votes. One rep called Dean’s comments about seating the delegates “a breakthrough,” while another official said, “It clears the air on some level” to hear something “this definitive.” A final agreement awaits approval from both candidates.