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Delegate Dilemma

February 22nd, 2008 by flanews

The debate over whether Florida’s democratic delegates will be seated at the national convention continues. Florida was penalized for moving up its primary. In response, the democratic national party took away all of the states 210 delegates. With the nomination still in doubt, both the Barack Obama campaigns and the Hillary campaign have gotten into the fight. Clinton wants their vote to count, Obama does not. Both campaigns are already consulting lawyers, which leads noted political scientist Susan McManus from the University of South Florida to conclude the delegate issue will end up in court and turn out in Clinton’s favor.

“Looking outside the 14th and 15th amendments of the constitution, the disenfranchisement of Florida’s minority voters and process for nominating their parties nominee for President of the United States, I don’t count a legal battle out of the question at all,” said McManus.

McManus was in Tallahassee Friday speaking to students at Florida State.
Michigan was also penalized. Senator Clinton won Michigan and is also calling for those delegates to be seated.

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