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Candidates Shun Mich. Primary

A months-long debate over Michigan's presidential primary, which is in violation of rules set by Democratic National Committee because the state moved its vote to Jan. 15, has ended with several candidates pulling their names off the ballot. Remaining on the ballot, however, is front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Senators Barack Obama, Joe Biden, former senator John Edwards and Gov. Bill Richardson all had their names removed today from the state's ballot. Clinton aides said that since the candidates had already signed a pledge last month not to campaign in Michigan if it kept its primary early, she did not need to pull her name from the ballot.

"It's unnecessary," said Mo Elleithee, a Clinton spokesman.

Senator Chris Dodd will also keep his name on the ballot in Michigan.

"It does not benefit any of us if we are the nominee to pull our name off the ballot and slight Michigan voters," said Hari Sevugan, a Dodd spokesman.

The result of these changes is that Clinton won't face her leading opponents in the Michigan contest, which is still likely to come after caucuses in Nevada and Iowa and the New Hampshire primary, although the primary schedule is not set.

--Perry Bacon Jr.

By Washington Post editors  |  October 9, 2007; 4:04 PM ET
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