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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

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