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Florida delegates won't give Clinton nod

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) waves to supporters after an Indiana primary night party in Indianapolis on May 6, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mark Cowan)
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) waves to supporters after an Indiana primary night party in Indianapolis on May 6, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mark Cowan) | License Photo

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 8 (UPI) -- Counting the unseated delegates from Florida no longer can help deliver the presidential nomination for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., one superdelegate says.

Even listing all of the state's 188 delegates in her column wouldn't help her overcome Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., The Miami Herald reported Thursday. Florida party officials say they'd settle if half of its delegates were seated.

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"It's time to move on," said Dan Gelber, the Florida House Democratic leader, and the first of the state's superdelegates to commit -- to Obama -- since late February. "I want to do anything I can to get people moving toward Obama and worrying about November. We've got to end this current race as quickly as possible."

The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida and Michigan of their national convention delegates to the national convention to punish the states for moving up their primaries.

But other undecided superdelegates -- elected officials and party leaders not bound by primary or caucus results -- in Florida weren't ready to commit.

U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Fla., said he plans to remain "unpledged and uncommitted."

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The national party is scheduled to take up the Florida and Michigan matters May 31.

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