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Delegate Showdown

May 30th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

A showdown over Floridas 210 democratic delegates is on the agenda Saturday in Washington as a Democratic Rules and Bylaws meeting. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, at the meeting, state democrats are expected to win back at least half of the delegates it lost when the state moved the presidential preference primary to January 29th.
When more than one point seven million democrats voted January 29th, they cast ballots not knowing if there vote would count. They may find out Saturday. The national party took away their voice because the state GOP leadership moved up the primary date against party rules. Clinton delegate Cindy Hall says she feels like she is all dressed up with no where to go.

I think if you only sit half of, what 200 and some odd delegates, youre really going to have some people mad, Hall said. Id rather do a half vote and seat the whole delegation.

The Democrats own rules say the party cant take away more than half the delegates. If the rules stands, Florida Democrats could get back anywhere from 92 to 111 votes. Obama delegate Rick Minor says no matter what happens, Democrats must start thinking about November.

Right now we have a weak economy, home foreclosures, four dollar gas, Minor said. I think the important part here is to not lose sight of a greater goal, which is to elect a Democratic president.

Not only did Republicans move up the presidential vote, they also scheduled the next primary for August 26th, right in the middle of the Democrats Convention.

While compromise is in the air, its good to remember the old adage that it isnt over till its over, and challenges are possible after Saturdays vote.

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