Michigan Rep. Floats New Plan to Seat Delegates

Count would be based partly on Jan. primary, partly on national popular vote
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 3:27 PM CDT
Michigan Rep. Floats New Plan to Seat Delegates
ep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

A new plan from a Michigan congressman would apportion about half the state's Democratic delegates based on its outlaw January primary and the other half according to national popular-vote tallies, the AP reports. “The last thing we want to do as Democrats," Bart Stupak wrote to Democratic Party chief Howard Dean, "is to disenfranchise voters.”

Hillary Clinton, who won 55% of Michigan's primary vote, would get 47 delegates; Barack Obama, whose name was not on the ballot, would get 36. The state’s other 73 delegates would be handed out after the last primary in June. With another round of voting a "dead deal," Stupak says "no one has discouraged me" from pursuing his plan. (More Michigan primary stories.)

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