That plan to move Michigan's primary up to January 15th now has four of the five top democratic presidential candidates withdrawing their names from the ballot. Barak Obama, John Edwards, Bill Richardson and Joe Biden will no longer appear on the ballot for Michigan voters, but the secretary of state tells 6 News that candidate Hillary Clinton is still in.
The reason for moving up Michigan's primary date was to get more attention from candidates who usually focus their time on the states with early primaries, like New Hampshire and Iowa, but moving up the primary ahead of those states violates democratic party rules, and now four of the top democratic candidates have taken their names off the January 15th ballot. This all comes as a huge disappointment to the head of the Michigan democratic party. He says these early states have too much say in the election process.
Mark Brewer, Michigan democratic party: “We're very disappointed to hear that several candidates have pulled out of the primary, but to us this is just a symptom of the problem we have. Iowa and New Hampshire threaten and intimidate and coerce candidates into doing these types of things.”
Craig Ruff, Public Sector Consultants: “It's a terrible situation for Michigan, because God knows Michigan has unique issues and problems among the fifty sates.”
Ruff says now the candidates will spend even less time focusing on Michigan, but despite the decision by some democratic candidates, he says this will likely not have an effect on the general election results next November.