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March 18, 2008

Michigan Going the Way of Florida

Michigan legislators are having trouble getting the numbers together to approve legislation for a new primary.

It’s appearing more and more likely there will not be a re-do of the Democratic presidential primary election. WWJ [Newsradio 950] Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports state Senate Democrats came out of a closed door meeting Tuesday morning and said there are not enough votes to approve a re-do.

Legislative approval is necessary for a re-vote to happen.

Speaking live on WWJ, Skubick said it would take a “miracle” to have the re-do approved, but he added it’s still possible.

That doesn't mean that it won't happen eventually. There are just a couple of problems standing in the way. The big issue is what to do about Democrats and independents who crossed over and voted in the Republican primary because they wanted their votes to count for something. The proposed legislation prevents them from re-voting for their actual preference, even though they might not have crossed over if they'd known that the rules would be changed mid-contest. Because he wasn't on the Democratic ballot, the crossover crowd may largely be Obama supporters and they are understandably crying foul.

The Clinton campaign has announced support for the legislature's plan, but Obama hasn't responded yet. His followers in the Michigan legislature may be holding off until he takes a position or just opposing it by default since Clinton approved. They may also be waiting to see just how much the Rev. Wright situation is going to hurt his numbers.

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