SNEAK PEEK: No Do-Over for the Sunshine State


The Florida Democratic Party has closed the door on a second primary to resolve the delegate issue, a blow to the Clinton campaign's desire to hold a revote and recreate its Florida victory within the rules.

The Florida Democratic Party chair Karen Thurman sent a letter to state Democrats informing them that the party's proposal for a combination vote-by-mail and in-person voting primary on June 3 is dead.

This party was working to develop an acceptable solution within the DNC rules that would allow Florida Democratic voters to participate in the party's nomination process and allow the state's 211 delegates to be seated at the national convention in August.

Thurman states in a letter being sent to Florida Democrats tonight that the consensus is clear: "Florida doesn't want to vote again. So we won't."

The next move toward a solution to seat the Florida delegates will likely come from the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, which will meet in April.

On Monday, Michigan legislative leaders began reviewing draft legislation which would approve spending privately raised funds for a do-over primary on June 3rd.

Race has been a consistent element of the narrative on the Democratic campaign trail over the last two and a half months. As the latest chapter, over the words of Barack Obama's pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, continues into Week Two, the Illinois Senator dives into the issue head first with a speech on race on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

But today he fended off a half dozen questions from campaign reporters about Wright by saying "stay tuned" for the speech.

"I'm giving a speech about this tomorrow, that will be a lot more wholesome than a press conference," the Illinois senator said in Monaca, Penn. today.

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports that Obama's dodging on Wright was in "stark contrast to Friday night's cable interview rounds where he made himself available for a through grilling of questions solely on Wright."

In the speech, set to be delivered at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, Obama said he will be talking not just about Wright but also "the larger issue of race in this campaign, which has ramped up over the last couple of weeks."

From Miller: "While condemning Wrights statements, Obama said he, along with the African American community, believes his pastor has been unfairly characterized in the slew of controversy this week. His speech tomorrow will aim to address these misperceptions."

"I think the statements that were the source of controversy from Rev Wright were wrong and I strongly condemn them. I think the caricature that's been painted of him is not accurate. And so part of what I'll do tomorrow is just to talk a little bit about how some of these issues are perceived from within the black church community, for example, which I think views this very differently."

Since the story erupted last week, Wright left the campaign's African American Religious Leadership Committee and Obama has put some distance between himself and his pastor of 20 years, ABC News' Jake Tapper and Susan Rucci report.

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