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BREAKING POLITICS: 5-31-08 Democrats Seat All Mich & Fla Delegates: Each Counts 1/2 Vote
Saturday, May 31, 2008 7:37pm
WASHINGTON, DC  From CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING POLITICS: 9:45pm 5-31-08  Barack Obama still keeps his lead over Hillary Clinton in delegate count, following Saturday's Democratic Rules Committe meeting.  The DNC's rules and bylaws committee reinstated all of Florida and Michigan's delegates to its party convention, with each getting a half-vote to penalize the states for moving their primaries earlier than the party had approved. 

CNN reports members of the Democrats' rules committee discuss the delegate issue Saturday.
The move will leave front-runner Sen. Barack Obama's lead over rival Sen. Hillary Clinton intact.

"This results in Sen. Clinton obtaining a substantial number of additional pledged delegates, but I also understand that many members of the Florida and Michigan delegations feel satisfied that the decision was fair," Obama said after a campaign event in Aberdeen, South Dakota. 

Our main goal is to get this resolved so we can immediately turn the focus of the entire party on winning Florida and Michigan and delivering on the needs of the people in Florida and Michigan -- states that are enormously important, states where a lot of people are struggling."

The Florida decision, which follows the pro-Clinton results of that state's primary, was greeted by virtually all sides as an acceptable compromise on a thorny issue. But Clinton backers vowed to fight the Michigan decision, which gave the New York senator a 10-delegate edge over Obama in a state where his name didn't appear on the primary ballot. 

"Today's results are a victory for the people of Florida, who will have a voice in selecting our party's nominee and will see its delegates seated at our party's convention," said a joint-statement from Clinton advisers Harold Ickes and Tina Flournoy. "[But] we strongly object to the committee's decision to undercut its own rules in seating Michigan's delegates without reflecting the votes of the people of Michigan." 

With no Michigan or Florida delegates included, Obama led Clinton by 202 delegates.
The committee's ruling gave Clinton 105 pledged delegates from Florida and 69 from Michigan, with a total of 87 votes. 

Obama received 67 pledged delegates from Florida and 59 from Michigan, casting a total of 63 votes. That tally leaves Obama ahead by the equivalent of 178 delegates.


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