Clinton, Obama Oppose Primary Leapfrogging

Candidates bow to pressure from states protecting their early primaries
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2007 12:32 PM CDT
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, center, signs a bill which moves Florida's presidential primary ahead of most other states during a ceremony at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office in West...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama joined three of their presidential rivals yesterday in pledging not to campaign in states that have defied Democratic primary rules by pushing their primaries to early 2008. In recent weeks, Michigan and Florida have announced votes before February 5, challenging the first dibs the party has reserved for Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

The signed pact, the Times says, could end the rift between state and party leaders. The DNC had angrily threatened to bar Michigan and Florida delegates from the party’s convention next year, but officials from those states stressed earlier primary dates would focus attention on issues unique to their citizens.