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New plan offered to seat Michigan's delegates

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  • Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan proposes plan to seat Michigan Democratic delegates
  • Plan: Combine results of the January primary, popular vote of all primary contests
  • Stupak sends proposal to DNC, Obama and Clinton camps
  • The DNC stripped Michigan of its delegates after the state moved up its primary
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By Alexander Mooney
CNN
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak proposed a plan Monday that would apportion his state's delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

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Voters go to the polls in Warren, Michigan, in the January 15 presidential primary.

Stupak, a Democrat, offered a plan that would take into account the results of the state's January primary and the total popular vote of all primary contests nationwide.

In a proposal sent to Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, and to candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, Stupak proposed allotting 83 of Michigan's pledged delegates based on the January vote, and splitting the state's remaining pledged delegates and superdelegates -- 73 total -- based on the nationwide vote.

The DNC stripped Michigan of its convention delegates late last year after the state moved up its primary to January 15. Under pressure from other early voting states, most of the Democratic presidential candidates removed their name from the ballot there.

But Clinton opted to keep her name on the ballot and ultimately received 55 percent of the vote, compared with 40 percent for "uncommitted." Video Watch more on the Democrats' dilemma »

Under Stupak's proposal, Clinton would receive 47 delegates based on her vote total, while Obama would be awarded 36 delegates based on that "uncommitted" result; the rest would be divided according to the nationwide popular vote total after all the primaries are completed.

Most estimates have Obama leading in that category by approximately 700,000 votes. But if the results of Michigan and Florida -- another state that was penalized for moving up its primary -- are factored in, the gap is approximately half that. Video Watch Sen. Bill Nelson call for election reform »

Stupak was unavailable for comment late Monday afternoon and his spokesman said he wasn't sure if the congressman was proposing to include the Florida and Michigan results in the nationwide totals.

"The last thing we want to do as Democrats is to disenfranchise voters," Stupak wrote in his letter to Dean. "I have heard from countless Democratic and independent voters who are frustrated and angry to think that their votes are being ignored."

Stupak endorsed John Edwards for president, but has remained neutral since the former North Carolina senator dropped out of the race in late January.

The Clinton campaign strongly advocated a re-vote in Michigan, but the state's legislature was unable to agree on a proposal before it adjourned earlier this month.

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The Obama campaign has indicated support for equally dividing the state's delegates between the two candidates.

A spokesman for the DNC refused to comment on the new proposal. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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