Delegate challenges to be heard

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A plan to award half-delegates for the disputed Michigan and Florida Democratic presidential primaries is getting a hearing before party leaders.

A Democratic National Committee panel announced Friday that it will hold a hearing May 31 to consider the idea.

The party stripped Michigan and Florida of all their national convention delegates because they held primaries too early. Democratic National Committee members in Michigan and Florida have filed challenges to restore the delegates.

Under the challenges, all the superdelegates from both states would get to vote.

The pledged delegates from Michigan and Florida would be distributed based on the outcome of the January primaries that Hillary Rodham Clinton won, but they would only count for half votes.

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