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Ark. Dems Blocking Seating of Wolfe Delegates Due to Affirmative Action Quotas

1:56 PM, Jul 9, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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The Arkansas Democratic party is denying presidential candidate John Wolfe the delegates he earned in the state's primary because Wolfe's selected delegates fail to meet the party's standards for diversity. Wolfe is suing the party to seat his delegates after he won over 40 percent of the vote against President Barack Obama in the Arkansas Democratic primary in May. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

The Arkansas Party denied Wolfe delegates because he failed to file a delegate selection plan committing to "assist the Arkansas Democratic Party in meeting demographic representation goals reflected in the Affirmative Action Plan." The state party's goals are that the national convention delegation be 23.7 percent African-America, 9 percent Hispanic, 1.35 percent Native-American, 1.95 percent Asian-American and Pacific Islander, 23.5 percent seniors, 7.8 percent Arkansans with disabilities, 5.8 percent lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, 12.7 percent young Democrats and 7.8 percent veterans.

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