The decision yesterday by Florida Democrats to nix plans for a re-vote in the state combined with diminished prospects in Michigan essentially keep the delegate-rich states on the sidelines until the Democratic National Committee addresses the issue, possibly not until the convention in August. The Clinton campaign has pushed for re-votes in the states because they won both earlier contests and need to find somewhere to close the delegate lead Obama has amassed. The Clinton campaign will have a conference call this afternoon to address the situations in Michigan and Florida, check back here for the latest.
Update: The AP reports that one of the stumbling blocks in the Michigan plan was a ban on participation by any voters who voted in the state's GOP primary in January. That means many independents, who vote overwhelmingly for Obama and may have instead voted for McCain would be shut out, a detriment for Obama. Still in today's conference call, Clinton spokesman Phil Singer asserted that the failure to have a re-vote rests on Obama: "Why doesn't he go ahead and say, `Let's do this'?"