Mich., Fla. Get Full Delegations

But compromise shouldn't endanger Obama
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2008 8:28 AM CDT
Mich., Fla. Get Full Delegations
DNC Rules and Bylaws committee holds a hearing in Washington in this May 31, 2008 file photo. The committee is meeting to determine how to count the primary votes for Michigan and Florida.    (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The much-contested delegations from Michigan and Florida will receive full voting rights at the Democratic National Convention tonight, the Washington Post reports. Michigan and Florida’s primaries favored Hillary Clinton, but adjustments have been made in Obama’s favor, and Clinton seems poised to release her delegates to vote as they choose.

Obama wrote a letter to the Rules and Bylaws committee this month requesting the states’ full reinstatement. Michigan and Florida were originally stripped of delegates for moving their primaries up, in a move that successfully stopped other states from doing the same. Despite the reinstatement, party brass thinks the punishment worked. “We would take the position that they were sanctioned,” said one official. (More Florida primary stories.)

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