Sharpton Heads to Florida Battleground on Behalf of ... Somebody

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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As Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean weighs what few options remain for the ballots of potentially disenfranchised voters in Florida, Al Sharpton's heading to the state in order to pursue a lawsuit against the DNC should the state's delegates be seated as they currently stand. Though Sharpton's not yet endorsed a candidate, the move is seen as a gesture on behalf of Senator Obama, who received fewer votes than Clinton in Florida, and was not included on the ballot in Michigan. Sharpton reasons that many voters didn't bother with voting in the the states' Democratic primaries after it was decided that the delegates would not be counted as punishment for the states having moved their primary dates up. Dean says that a mail-in primary might not be a "bad way to do this," but there remains the rather important matter of just who would foot the bill for such a herculean, last-minute undertaking.

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