Under previously determined rules that all parties had agreed to, the delegations of Florida and Michigan were supposed to have been denied any vote at all at August’s Democratic National Convention due to their state’s refusal to comply with DNC scheduling rules.
Today, the Rules and Bylaws Commitee cut them a break and pretty much ended any chance Hillary Clinton had of being the party’s Presidential nominee:
After hours of emotional testimony and sometimes contentious debate, Democratic Party officials agreed yesterday on a pair of compromises to seat Florida’s and Michigan’s delegations to their national convention. But a part of the deal drew an angry reaction and the threat of a subsequent challenge from the campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The compromises by the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee called for both delegations, originally barred from the convention for violating party rules, to be seated in full in Denver but with each delegate casting only half a vote.
Now the winner will need 2,118. According to a count by the Associated Press, as of last night, Obama controlled 2,052 delegates to Clinton’s 1,877.
Based on the AP’s calculation, Obama is only 66 delegates short of winning the nomination, while Clinton would need to pick up 241 of the remaining 307 of the remaining 307 uncommitted pledged and superdelegates.
More to come tomorrow, I’m sure, but this can’t be good news for Clinton.