Challenge of the Michigan
Democratic Party: Michigan's
Member Delegation to the 2008 Democratic National Convention Should
Be Seated at Full Voting Strength, With the
69 for Hillary Clinton and 59 for Barack
Statement of Facts
1. On August 30, 2007, the Michigan
Legislature approved a January 15, 2008 presidential primary date. The
Governor signed the legislation.
2. The Michigan Democratic Party decided to use that primary to
allocate its delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
3. On or about December 3, 2007, the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the
Democratic National Committee (DNC), through its Co-Chairs, informed
Mark Brewer, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party that, as a result
of its finding of Non-Compliance and violation of timing, the RBC had
voted a delegate reduction of 100% of all pledged and unpledged
delegates allocated to Michigan.
4. Absent the penalty, Michigan's state delegation would include 128
pledged and 29 unpledged delegates, of whom two are unpledged add-ons.
5. On January 15, 2008, Michigan held its Democratic Presidential
6. Approximately 600,000 voters cast their ballots in the Michigan
Democratic Presidential Primary. This compares to the approximately
160,000 who participated in the 2004 presidential process.
7. Hillary Clinton received 55% of the primary vote making her eligible
for 73 of Michigan's 128 pledged delegates to the 2008 Democratic
8. Barack Obama voluntarily withdrew his name from the primary ballot.
His and John Edwards supporters organized efforts to cast votes for
Uncommitted status which received 40% of the votes cast making it
eligible for 55 pledged delegates to the National Convention.
9. The rest of the candidates on the ballot received a total of 5%.
10. For the reasons stated more fully below and in order to facilitate
accommodation of the various interests and competing claims regarding
the allocation of pledged delegates to the National Convention, the
Executive Committee of the MDP proposes that the apportionment of
pledged delegates should be 69 for Hillary Clinton and 59 for Barack
Obama. This would reduce Clinton's 73 delegates to which she was
entitled under the January 15 primary results to 69.
11. This compromise recognizes and uses in part the results of the
January 15 primary to allocate the Michigan delegates.
I. The Entire
Delegation Should Be Seated At Full Voting Strength.
we will contest and we will win the state of Michigan. "
Rochester Hills, MI
endured a substantial penalty for moving their primary to January 15th.
There have been no visits of any kind by Barack
Obama to Michigan
since July of 2007, nearly 10 months. Hillary Clinton's few visits
same period have been almost exclusively private fundraising events.
Further punishment in
the form of
no Michigan delegation or a reduced Michigan delegation at the National Convention
aid the Republicans in their effort to win Michigan in November.
Michigan has been and will be a
state. There is no Electoral College formula for a Democrat to win the
House which does not include Michigan's
17 electoral votes.
As indicated by the
Republicans intend to contest Michigan.
John McCain has made several visits to Michigan,
most recently on May 6 and 7. Republicans in the state continually
point to the
absence of the Democratic candidates and the 100% delegation penalty
the RBC as evidence that Democrats do not care about Michigan and
why voters should vote
already suffered a substantial penalty and because further punishment
hinder efforts to win Michigan for
Democratic nominee in November, the entire 157-member Michigan
delegation should be seated at full
The Pledged Delegates Should Be
Allocated 69 For Hillary Clinton And 59 For
A group of 4 prominent
Democrats - Senator Carl Levin, Congresswoman Carolyn
President Ron Gettelfinger and National
Committeewoman Debbie Dingell - was asked by Governor Granholm
to help resolve the dispute over the seating of the Michigan
delegation. The group of 4 came to
be known as the Delegate Working Group.
their analysis and recommendation as to
allocation of pledged delegates.
campaign has taken the position that the results of the January 15
should be honored and that Clinton
should receive 73 pledged delegates in accordance with the vote she
The Obama campaign has taken the position
that the January
15 primary results should be ignored and that the 128 pledged delegates
be seated but evenly divided between the two candidates.
Both candidates have a
their argument. The January 15 primary result was flawed because Obama's name was not on the ballot. He took his
the ballot. As a result, that Working Group did not totally agree with
position that the outcome of the primary should be honored and that the
delegates should be apportioned 73/55 (Clinton/Obama).
At the same time, the
did not accept the position of the Obama
that the primary should be totally ignored and the pledged delegates
evenly apportioned 64/64 between the two candidates, given the fact
600,000 Democrats voted in the January 15 primary, 55% of whom voted
Clinton and 45% of whom voted for Uncommitted or other candidates.
Based on this
analysis, the Working
Group recommended that the pledged delegates be apportioned 69 to Clinton and 59
to Obama. That approach splits the
difference between the
73/55 position of the Clinton campaign
64/64 position of the Obama campaign,
based on the
Working Group's belief that both sides have fair arguments about the Michigan
Committee of the MDP
considered this recommendation of the Working Group at its meeting of
2008 and voted overwhelmingly to endorse it.
For all these reasons,
Democratic Party respectfully requests that Michigan's entire 157-member
the 2008 Democratic National Convention be seated at full voting
the pledged delegates allocated 69 for Hillary Clinton and 59 for Barack Obama.
For the Michigan
Mark Brewer, Chair
May 12, 2008