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Democrats Want to Split Delegates

March 19th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Senate Democrats in Tallahassee have a new plan to have their delegates counted at the national convention. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the authors of this plan are calling on the two candidates to agree on something

The latest plan awards half the democratic delegates based on the January 29th vote turned out. Score one for Clinton. The other 105 delegates would be split between Clinton and Obama based on the national vote as of June. Co-author Jeremy Ring says the plan offers hope.

“We do believe strongly that the January 29th vote has to count for something,” Ring said.

Not all Florida Democrats are embracing the plan. It is open to change. But State Senator Steve Geller says the two candidates have to agree to something.

“Show everybody else your leadership, the leadership we know that each of these two fine candidates have and step up to the plate and do what the DNC has been unable to do and resolve this issue,” Geller said.

Based on where the race is today, the plan will produce a net gain for the Clinton campaign of about 18 delegates.

Speaking to The Capital Tiger Bay Club, Governor Charlie Crist called the dilemma disappointing. He has been calling for all of the delegates of both parties to be seated. Afterwards he called the latest plan something that could work.

“You know, we have to count the votes of the people and that’s awfully important,” Crist said. “At least half is better than none.”

In addition to losing Florida, democrats worry they will lose seats in the state legislature and congress if they don’t get the delegate dilemma behind them soon

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