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Democrats tackle Florida and Michigan dispute

Democrats tackle Florida and Michigan dispute

Thu May 29, 2008 1:02am EDT

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The grueling Democratic presidential nominating race moves on Saturday from the campaign trail to a Washington hotel, where party officials will hunt for a compromise over disputed contests in Michigan and Florida.An all-day meeting of the party’s rules committee will feature plenty of political drama as Democrats try to resolve one of the last stumbling blocks to concluding the nominating race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.Clinton supporters have promised demonstrations outside the gathering, which could be her last chance to halt Obama’s march to the Democratic nomination. Hundreds of public tickets to the meeting were snapped up online in minutes.

At issue is the rules committee’s decision last year to strip Michigan and Florida of their delegates to the August nominating convention because they held nominating contests, both won by Clinton, earlier than allowed by party rules.

Clinton has demanded all the delegates be seated and apportioned based on the results — even though there was no campaigning in either state and Obama was not on the Michigan ballot.

That would give her a significant boost in the popular vote tally and draw her closer to Obama in the delegate count as she tries to convince superdelegates — party officials who can back any candidate — that she is more electable than Obama in the November general election.

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