A Revote In Florida and Michigan?

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Last night, as he was celebrating victory in his generally ebullient manner, Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAullife cryptically referred to the possibility of a re-vote in Michigan and Florida as part of the Clinton plan for victory in the primaries... something that echoed a trial balloon floated by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell earlier in the day.

What's going on here? Is Hillary Clinton contemplating a call for a revote in Michigan and Florida?

Clinton sources last night were mum, and Clinton herself would not go out on a limb during her round robbin interviews on the morning shows this a.m.

But the idea makes a certain amount of sense.

The thinking, here, is that the ONLY way that Clinton makes up her delegate gap is to get Michigan and Florida's earned delegates to count. The ONLY way they count is to re-run the vote under the umbrella of the DNC's rules.

The chutzpah here is that she already won Florida -- and is challenging Obama, essentially, to a fair fight... daring him... saying, "I can win this fair and square... same with Michigan... let's give the voters in those states a real voice."

Obama's response would no doubt me: "Well, wait a minute. You and I agreed to the rules. And now you want to change them at the last minute?"

He may not have a choice: if Florida and Michigan resubmit delegate plans to the DNC, if the DNC approves the plans, and if the states can find a way to pay for primaries, the contests would be on.

Potential complications: who's paying? A Florida primary would cost $10M (though I'd bet HRC's supporters could raise $10M in a moment's notice to pay for it), and Michigan Dems -- some of them -- might want a primary.

The most likely dates: mid-April or mid-June.

Stay tuned...

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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