Puerto Rico Looking to Give up Bragging Rights for Final Say

By Jennifer Parker

Feb 29, 2008 2:10pm

ABC News’ David Chalian Reports: Once the results of the March 4 primaries are digested, there will clearly be a reassessment of the Democratic nomination contest and whether or not there seems to be a hunger on the part of Sen. Clinton and on the part of Democratic Party leaders for a protracted battle through the rest of the nomination calendar.

But fear not — that calendar may not be as endless as it seems.  Puerto Rico Democrats are about to give campaign operatives, political journalists, and voters a four day jump start on their summer vacations.

The Democratic National Committee is expected to receive a formal request this week from the Puerto Rico Democratic Party to move its nomination contest from June 7 to June 1.  It appears that the June 7 date initially submitted to the DNC was a clerical error in the Puerto Rico delegate selection plan.  The Democratic Party of Puerto Rico is also expected to seek DNC approval to change its contest from a state convention system to a primary system. 

Should the change be approved, as expected, Montana and South Dakota Democratic voters are positioned to have the final word in the nomination calendar with those primaries scheduled to take place on Tuesday June 3.

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