Mich., Fla. May Yet Be Hillary Key

Hillary-backer raises specter of do-over votes
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2008 1:43 PM CST

(Newser) – Despite big wins yesterday, Hillary Clinton still needs a secret weapon to make up her delegate deficit and, Walter Shapiro writes in Salon, her strategy might have been presaged in Ohio by Gov. Ted Strickland urging, “Let’s go to Michigan and Florida." Do-over votes in those states, whose primaries weren't recognized by the Democratic Party for violating scheduling rules, could be her next push.

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Clinton falls flat, Shapiro writes, with claims that those states’ unsanctioned primaries—which she won—should count, but even party chief Howard Dean has said he’d like to find a compromise. But before the New York senator can petition for new contests, she’s got to win the inevitable spin wars, as both campaigns try to persuade superdelegates that they have the popular mandate. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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