AP has just broken a story saying that Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean (D-VT-No endorsement) has come out and said that the 210 delegates from Florida will be seated at the convention AS LONG AS BOTH Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton agree to allow them to be seated.
Dean told the AP that “We are committed to making sure that we do everything in our power to seat a delegation from Florida. We believe we will seat a delegation from Florida.” Dean also said that he was “optimistic” that all 156 of Michigan’s delegates would be seated.
Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL) said, “It’s our hope that the candidates will join us in this effort and without them an agreement is not possible.”
So, this does a couple of things – it does help Clinton narrow the gap between her and Obama, with her receiving 113 delegats and Obama 71 (Edwards would get 13).
Even though she would get more delegates, those 71 delegates MAY be enough to push him over the edge, and if Michigan gets seated, I think he would be all but guaranteed the win (unless she somehow takes Pennsylvania, Indiana, AND North Carolina by some great margins).
So, with this news, will Clinton drop out? I mean, it’s going to look EXTREMELY bad if she goes and says “I don’t want those delegates seated,” so I think she’s pretty much done. The only way she could possibly get out of it is say, “It’d be unfair to Barack to have those delegates seated,” but Ithink everybody would see through that. I’ll hope that she stays in and keeps the infighting going though!
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