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More proof of the pointlessness of primary "race"- only Clinton on Michigan ballotViews: 485
Jan 15, 2008 6:38 pmMore proof of the pointlessness of primary "race"- only Clinton on Michigan ballot#

Danielle (Dani) Cutler

'Weird' Michigan primary under way

Published: Jan. 15, 2008 at 8:20 AM
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DETROIT, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Polls in Michigan opened Tuesday for a presidential primary in which only one Democrat was listed on the ballot compared with three Republicans.

The state's vote is all but meaningless as both parties penalized the state and its attendance at the national convention for having the primary before Feb. 5, in what the Detroit Free Press called "one of Michigan's weirdest and wildest presidential primary seasons."

For the Democrats, only Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., opted to have her name on the ballot while her two main opponents, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., chose to stay away in a show of solidarity with the national party. Their supporters have an option of voting "Uncommitted."

Three Republicans campaigned in the state Monday: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

All three visited the North American International Auto Show Monday and Romney spoke at the Detroit Economic Club where he pledged a five-fold increase in federal research on automotive technologies, the Detroit News said.


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Jan 15, 2008 6:49 pmre: More proof of the pointlessness of primary "race"- only Clinton on Michigan ballot#

Understand that this state is reeling from unemployment and has large black populations. It was understood that if the candidates did not come to campaign in Michigan before the primary their names were to be stricken from the primary ballot. I don't think it's fair to the candidates, but when have they cared about what their citizens wanted?

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Jan 16, 2008 3:18 pmre: More proof of the pointlessness of primary "race"- only Clinton on Michigan ballot#

Steve MacDowall
I don't get it, maybe it's because I'm in Canada,

but how can you be "Uncommitted" to the state?

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Jan 16, 2008 3:30 pmre: re: More proof of the pointlessness of primary "race"- only Clinton on Michigan ballot#

Danielle (Dani) Cutler
Uncommitted to a candidate. The uncommitted voters didn't vote for anyone specific. :-)


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Jan 16, 2008 7:04 pmre: re: re: More proof of the pointlessness of primary "race"- only Clinton on Michigan ba#


The HUGE presidential race story everyone missed
By: Nicole Belle on Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 at 10:31 AM - PST


The backstory of Michigan is essentially this. When state officials decided last year to move the primary in the Wolverine State up to tonight, Jan. 15, and leapfrog over other key states, they infuriated Democratic party officials eager to preserve South Carolina, a southern state with a large black population, as an early test. So much so that the Democratic National Committee actually stripped Michigan of its 156 convention delegates. And they did the same thing to Florida — which is even more delegate rich, with 210 — for moving its primary ahead to Jan. 29.

And yet, here’s the thing: Michigan Democrats went ahead and essentially elected those delegates last night anyway. The truth is, no one really expected that the Democrats would hold a convention without delegates from the 4th-largest state, Florida, which of course decided the disputed 2000 election, or Michigan, which is the 8th largest state and has also been considered a fall battleground.

This is what party officials were saying back in December, when the delegates were stripped:

[Former DNC chair Don] Fowler also said that stripping the delegates was unnecessary, since many party insiders believe that the eventual nominee will have them restored at the convention.

“No one at this table believes that the delegates from Florida and Michigan will be absent from the convention,” Fowler told the rules panel.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said in a statement: “The threat not to seat the delegates of Michigan and Florida at the Democratic convention is a hollow threat. They will be seated, and when they are, it will be plain for all to see that the privileged position that New Hampshire and Iowa have extracted through threats and pledges from candidates is on its last legs.”

You see, in every presidential election in the last generation, going back to 1984, the primary race in either party has ended with an early knockout, and that knockout usually comes earlier each time. In the last two cycles, no candidate was able to run a viable campaign past Super Tuesday (Feb. 5 this year), and no one imagined anything different this time around. And so of course the eventual nominee, having clinched all the delegates that he or she needed so early in the process, would agree to seat delegates from Michigan and Florida, in the interest of party building and unity.

But it appears that Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama are running neck-and-neck, with ex-Sen. John Edwards a solid and persistent third (and also picking up delegates, which is critical). Check out this detailed analysis of the Democratic race through Super Tuesday - it suggests that neither Obama nor Clinton will emerge with anything close to the 2,020 delegates now needed for the nomination.

What if the primary season ends and none of the candidates have enough votes for the nomination — unless you seated the delegates from Michigan and Florida?


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