Wednesday, January 16, 2008
About 44 percent of Michigan Democrats voted against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) yesterday in the party's primary, with the vast majority of that group marking "uncommitted" on ballots that did not include any other major candidates.
All of the major Democratic candidates except Clinton withdrew their names from the ballot after the national party punished Michigan for holding its primary too early by stripping the state of its delegates to the party's national convention in August.
With 89 percent counted, Clinton captured 56 percent of the vote. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio) placed third with about 4 percent, behind 39 percent for "uncommitted." Thousands of voters also backed Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.), who dropped out of the race two weeks ago, and former senator Mike Gravel (Alaska), who has barely campaigned.