Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

YOU ARE HERE

The Marais district, the beating heart of Paris

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Tunisia's Tataouine region remains tense after violent protests

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Uncertainty hangs over G7 summit as Trump wraps up foreign trip

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Ivory Coast: Three dead in clashes between police and ex-rebels in Bouaké

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Oil tumbles on disappointment over OPEC output cut

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Trump's handshake battle with Macron goes viral

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Nicole Kidman, Queen of the festival

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Abdelmadjid Tebboune named new Algerian prime minister

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's Handshake Showdown

Read more

Michigan rules out new Democratic primary

Latest update : 2008-03-21

The governor of the state of Michigan has ruled out the possibility of holding a new Democratic primary.This as a new poll gave Hillary Clinton a lead over Barack Obama. (Report: M.MacCarthy)

DETROIT, March 20 (Reuters) - Michigan lawmakers adjourned
on Thursday without taking up a bill to re-run the state's
contested Democratic presidential primary, effectively killing
a proposal sought by candidate Hillary Clinton.
 

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, a Republican,
said the proposal to hold a "do-over" Democratic contest on
June 3 in the Midwestern state failed because Democrats
remained divided and key issues were unresolved.
 

Rival Barack Obama opposes re-running the primary but the
Clinton camp sees it as a chance to chip away at the Illinois
senator's lead among delegates who will pick the nominee to run
against likely Republican challenger John McCain in November's
election.
 

Democratic primaries held in Michigan and Florida in
January were invalidated by the national party because both
states disobeyed party directives and held their balloting
earlier than allowed in a bid to have a greater say in the
selection of candidates.
 

"We need to acknowledge the reality that no progress is
being made and without a valid and viable proposal, another
primary in Michigan will soon not be an option," Bishop said.
 

Michigan's House starts a two-week break on Friday. The
Senate begins its own two-week break at the end of the month,
meaning that the legislature can no longer pass a bill
authorizing the re-run vote with the required 60 days notice.
 

New York Sen. Clinton won Michigan's Jan. 15 primary,
although Obama removed his name from the ballot and neither
candidate actively campaigned in the state.
 

Clinton made a hastily scheduled campaign stop in Detroit
on Wednesday in a bid to press her case for a new vote in
Michigan that would have been paid for by private donors.
 

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Clinton supporter, said
she was "deeply disappointed" that the primary proposal had
collapsed. "Now that the legislature has decided not to act, we
will turn our attention to other options," Granholm said.
 

Michigan has voted for the Democratic candidate in every
presidential election since 1992, but some party officials fear
that a snub at the Democratic Convention in August could
bolster McCain's chances of winning the state.
 

Michigan had 156 delegates at stake and Florida had 210.
Neither Clinton nor Obama is likely to reach the 2,024
delegates needed to win the nomination outright.

Date created : 2008-03-21

COMMENT(S)