The Democratic Party has restored the states of Michigan and Florida to its presidential convention with only half of their voting power, dealing a severe blow to Hillary Clinton ahead of Sunday's primary in Puerto Rico.
A Democratic Party panel backed a compromise plan to seat the delegates from Michigan with a half-vote each on Saturday in a blow to U.S. presidential candidate. Clinton.
Clinton won both disputed contests over rival Barack Obama.
The panel voted 19-8 to try to resolve the disputed contest won by Clinton over rival Barack Obama by giving Clinton a net gain of five delegate votes in the state. She will have 69 pledged delegates to Obama's 59, giving her 34.5 voting delegates to Obama's 29.5.
The state's superdelegates also will get half votes.
Clinton had pushed for seating the delegation in full and not granting delegates to Obama, who had withdrawn his name from the Michigan ballot because of a dispute between the state and the national party over the timing of the contest.
Also, the Democratic Party panel rejected a proposal to seat all the delegates from Florida on Saturday.
The Florida and Michigan compromise saw delegates apportioned to both candidates and scuppered Clinton's hopes of making a significant dent in her rival's formidable delegate lead.
The decision raised the finish line for the Democratic nominating contest to 2,118 delegates, with Clinton gaining a net 24 delegates from Saturday's two-state compromise.
That means that on the eve of the Puerto Rico vote, Obama was within 66 delegates of the target. Two more primaries in Montana and South Dakota will be held on Tuesday.
A total of 86 pledged delegates are on offer in the territory of Puerto Rico and the two states. There are nearly 200 "super-delegates" or top party officials, also yet to declare their allegiance.
Puerto Rico will award 55 pledged delegates to the convention, and Clinton is leading Obama in the territory 55 percent to 42 percent, according to a poll cited by The Washington Post.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Haziran 2008, 11:56