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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Obama backers offer compromise



UPDATE: Team Clinton is vague: "There are a number of different of different proposals being discussed and floated right now, and we will continue to evaluate them,’’ Clinton spokesman Phil Singer told Buzz Saturday. "We’re not going to negotiate this in the press as the Obama campaign seems intent to do."

Prominent Barack Obama supporters are considering compromise plans to ensure Florida Democrats have a voice in the presidential nomination, even leaving open the door for Hillary Rodham Clinton to win more delegates out of Florida than Obama.

Obama allies had long suggested the best Clinton could hope for was a deal to evenly divide Florida's delegates to the nominating convention. Now, though, Sen. Bill Nelson and key players in Congress and on the Democratic National Committee are raising the possibility of allocating a portion of Florida's delegates based on the results of Florida's Jan. 29 primary, which could shrink Obama's overall delegate lead to anywhere from a handful to roughly 20 delegates. Story here.

Michigan will go ahead with a do-over June 3, while Clinton folks meanwhile are threatening to cut off the DNC from Fl checkbooks.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:18pm]


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