LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans and many of the state's top Democrats got the Jan. 15 presidential primary they wanted Thursday when the Michigan Legislature sent a bill to the governor setting the primary date.
But approval of the switch is far from certain. A disagreement among state Democratic leaders over whether to hold a primary or a caucus is complicating final action.
"The Michigan Democratic Party has made no decision as to whether to participate in a primary," state Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer said in a statement after the vote. "When this bill becomes law we will weigh our options and decide how to proceed."
Most of Michigan's top elected Democratic officials want to hold a primary, including Granholm, who could sign the bill by Friday, her spokeswoman said. But supporters of presidential candidate John Edwards are pressing for a Democratic caucus because they think the influence of organized labor — a strength for Edwards — would be magnified in a caucus.
Neither party wants the other party's supporters voting in their primary, so that's why there's the push for same day. The GOP had their side worked out on this. The democrats will decide what they want. The Hillary and Obama supporters apparently want a primary, while John Edwards supporters apparently want a caucus.
We'll see what ends up happening.