Dems Seat Fla., Mich. Delegates as Half-Votes

Raucous hearing leaves Obama 66 delegates from victory
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2008 6:45 PM CDT
Dems Seat Fla., Mich. Delegates as Half-Votes
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., speaks before the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws committee hearing in Washington, Saturday, May 31, 2008.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(Newser) – Democratic officials voted today to seat Florida and Michigan primary delegates as half-votes, the AP reports. At a boisterous hearing, delayed by nearly 3 hours of private talks, the party seated Florida delegates based on the state's primary vote, with 105 for Clinton and 67 for Obama. The Michigan deal was more complex, giving 69 of the half-votes to Clinton and 59 to Obama.

Obama's delegate count now tallies 2,052, and Clinton's 1,877.5. Obama is 66 votes short of the 2,118 needed to clinch the nomination, a target he could reach in the last three primaries over the next 3 days. (Read more Democratic Party stories.)

Get breaking news in your inbox.
What you need to know, as soon as we know it.
Sign up
We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.

X