Proposed Florida Re-Vote Plan Released
Here it is (pdf.)
Thoughts? Mine are we don't need a revote. The DNC needs to lift its penalty against Florida, award the delegates and seat them in accordance with the Jan. 29 vote.
Floridians voted in record numbers, the parties were all on the ballot, everyone got to see and hear both candidates in televised debates and in the news. The Republican-dominated legislature forced the early date.
The DNC needs to admit it was wrong in assessing the penalty and lift it. If they don't, I'm concerned that Floridians will blame the Democratic party and sit out the November election.
Let's not hand the election to McCain. Let's skip the revote plan and award and seat the delegates according to the Jan. 29 record breaking primary vote.
Update: How Florida voted on Jan 29 is below the fold. Obama did dismally. It's obvious why he doesn't favor a recount.
In addition to the counties Hillary won, here are some statistics, according to her campaign:
- Hillary will end up with more votes than John McCain.
- She won women, men, and just about every age category. She won the youth vote.
- She won 6 in 10 Latinos and nearly 3 in 10 African American voters.
- More than 1.5 million Democrats voted today, more than twice the number of voters in the 2004 primary.
- Among those who decided on Election Day, a plurality of those chose Hillary.
In the poll of 600 Democratic primary voters, with a 4-point error margin, 59 percent said they favored a revote paid for by the party, while 35 percent said the current delegation should go to the convention and seek to be seated.
Asked whether the situation would affect their votes if it weren't resolved, 63 percent said no.
But 14 percent [of Democrats polled] said they would consider voting Republican, 11 percent said they might not vote or might skip the presidential race, and 12 percent said they weren't sure. (my emphasis)
Put another way, the poll found:
Voters said that if the controversy is not resolved and Florida Democratic voters do not have a voice in choosing the Democratic nominee, only 63 percent will still vote with Democrats.
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