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Election 2008

Deal in the Works to Seat Florida's Delegates

Representatives of the Obama campaign in Florida are floating a possible compromise that could seat delegates from the Sunshine State at the Democratic National Convention in August.

On Friday, Alan Katz, a member of the Democratic National Committee and an Obama supporter, asked Democratic party officials in Tallahassee to sign on to a plan that would allow New York Sen. Hillary Clinton to net 10 delegates out of the state.

It was the first time Obama's campaign has suggested it would accept anything other than a 50/50 split of Florida's delegates.

"Florida and Michigan are important states for the fall," Katz said. "And I think, at this stage of the game, since it looks like Sen. Obama will be the nominee, it's in everyone's interest to move forward."

Florida's Democratic Party has not responded to Katz's proposal.

Obama's chief fundraiser in Florida, Kirk Wagar, has said that the Clinton campaign has signaled it will accept a solution that will result in seating half of the state delegates at the convention.

At the end of the month, the DNC rules committee is meeting to discuss that appeal.

Because Florida broke party rules by holding its primary on Jan. 29, the DNC stripped it of all its delegates.