New Michigan delegate compromise offered

One congressman looks for a solution that will lead to the seating of the state's delegates.

By Alex Koppelman
Published March 31, 2008 5:50PM (EDT)

The prospects for a do-over of Michigan's Democratic primary are dead, but one of the state's congressmen is still trying to ensure that Michigan will have delegates seated at this summer's Democratic convention.

Rep. Bart Stupak laid out his proposal in a letter to Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean Monday. Under Stupak's plan, 83 delegates would be awarded by following -- loosely -- the results of the state's primary. (Hillary Clinton won the primary, which was held in January. But she ran all but unopposed, as several candidates, including Barack Obama, were not on the ballot; instead, her main opponent was "uncommitted.") Using this system, Clinton would receive 47 pledged delegates while Obama would receive 36.

After that, an additional 73 delegates -- which would include superdelegates as well as those delegates to be chosen at a state party meeting later this spring -- would be allocated based on each candidates' share of the national popular vote once all nominating contests have finished in June.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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