A Democratic party committee is due to decide on Saturday whether the Florida and Michigan primaries, which were held earlier than party rules allow, will be taken into account. Hillary Clinton won in both states. (Story: C. Norris-Trent)
The party's rules committee wades into the fight over the two delegations, which are barred from the August nominating convention in a dispute
The meeting, to be held in a
At issue is a rules committee decision last year to strip
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 race against Republican John McCain.
Obama is close to clinching the nomination and could have the 2,026 delegates he needs on Tuesday, when
Committee members appear to be closing in on a compromise that would seat half of the delegates from each state, or all the delegates with one-half vote each. That would move Obama's magic number to 2,118.
"I believe that the DNC's rules and bylaws committee will restore at least half of our delegates,"
"We will cross those streams when we come to them, but we fully expect they will do the right thing and seat full delegations with full votes," Clinton adviser Harold Ickes, a rules committee member, said of the panel.
Democratic National Committee lawyers sent an advisory memo to the committee suggesting it was within its rights to strip the states of their delegates and taking issue with
The panel will hear challenges from
The committee, which has 13
The committee approved contests in only four states --
Date created : 2008-05-31