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Florida's senior Democrats, Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Alcee Hastings of Miramar, had given the Democratic National Committee until today to reinstate Florida's delegates to the party's convention.

The party has stripped Florida's 210 delegates to the 2008 nominating convention in Denver because Florida, which has set its primary for Jan. 29, broke party rules that forbid all but four states from holding primaries before Feb. 5. Over the weekend, Florida Democratic Party leaders decided to stick with the Jan. 29 primary.

In a recent letter to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, Nelson and Hastings warned they may sue if the DNC didn't renege by close of business to do. As 6 p.m. neared, Nelson's office reported the senator had heard nada.

"The goal is to make sure Florida's vote counts," Nelson said in a statement. "We’re keeping all options on the table to achieve this goal.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:05pm]


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