WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democratic leaders in Michigan are urging supporters of John Edwards and Barack Obama, who are not on the ballot in the state, to vote “uncommitted” in the January 15 primary – a move that could create an unexpected headache for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.Intriguing.
I think this is a wonderful option for Edwards and Obama supporters not choosing to participate in the Republican primary that Kos posted on the front page earlier.
Voting 'uncommitted' allows delegates not tied to any candidate to attend the convention, if the total reaches 15% in a Congressional district. This, of course, assumes that the DNC will cave and allow delegates from Florida and Michigan to attend the convention, but in a primary season which seems to be coming down to a brokered nomination at the convention, having uncommitted delegates in play gives Obama or Edwards a chance to pick up all important delegate votes without having to violate the DNC order not to campaign in Michigan.
Supporters of Edwards or Obama, get the word out. Call people, post flyers. Let voters know they can't write in the names of Obama or Edwards and have them count since neither candidate authorized a write-in campaign, and let them know they have the option of voting uncommitted as a way of supporting Edwards and Obama.