DNC Panel to Weigh Florida and Michigan Challenges

Apr 25, 2008 6:36pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Talal Al-Khatib Report: The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee will meet on Saturday, May 31 in Washington, D.C., to consider whether the DNC panel exceeded its authority when it stripped Florida and Michigan of all of its delegates for holding their primaries before Feb. 5th, 2008.

The Michigan and Florida challenges are trying to get all of the superdelegates plus half of the two states’ pledged delegates seated at this summer’s Democratic National Convention.

The challenges, which will be watched closely by the Democratic presidential candidates, do not stipulate how the pledged delegates should be split between Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

Getting the Florida and Michigan delegations seated is a top priority for Clinton not only for the additional delegates it could yield but also as a way of getting more superdelegates to pay attention to the votes she garnered in the two states when assessing which candidate has more popular support.

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