The beginning of the storm: In August 2006, the Democratic National Committee adopted a proposal by its Rules and Bylaws Committee stating that only the four states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina would be permitted to hold primaries or caucuses before February 5, 2008.
In May 2007, the Florida legislature, (a Senate composed of 26 republicans and 14 Democrats; a House composed of 77 Republicans and 43 Democrats), passed a bill that moved the date of the state's primary to January 29, 2008, setting up a confrontation with the DNC.
Michigan moved its primary to January 15, 2008, also in violation of party rules. None of the top candidates campaigned in Florida or Michigan. The events were described in the media as beauty contests, and voter turnout in both states was relatively low when compared with record-high turnout in other states
Some analysis of the FL primary: So what does it mean that Sen. Hillary Clinton "won" the Democratic Primary in Florida? Not much, since none of the Democratic presidential candidates campaigned there and no delegates will be allocated to her. It was kind of a Potemkin village of a race, like the one in Michigan which also didn't count on the Democratic side because, like Florida, Michigan moved its primary to an earlier date against the wishes of the Democratic National Committee.
Some analysis of the MI primary: About 44 percent of Michigan Democrats voted against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) yesterday in the party's primary, with the vast majority of that group marking "uncommitted" on ballots that did not include any other major candidates.
Michigan primary results and Florida primary results
Given all of the above, there are only two "fair" resolutions, either of which is fine by me (for what that is worth).
- The delegates could be split 50/50 between Obama and Clinton.
- A re-vote could be held - but it would be expensive and it is kind of late for that.
I can think of no other resolution that fairly meets the needs of FL, MI, the Democratic part, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.