Do-Over for Dems in Michigan, Florida?

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Whatever you call it -- a cliffhanger, a nail-biter or a soap opera -- it's anything but smooth sailing for Democrats in their race for the White House.

Hillary Clinton's got a re-energized campaign after Tuesday's three big wins. Barack Obama has more pledged delegates.

Watch CBN News' David Brody for more analysis, following this report.

And even though, there's 12 more primary contests with over 600 delegates at stake, it appears highly unlikely either one can get to that magic number to secure the Democratic nomination.

So how will Democrats choose their nominee?

"In the end, it's going to be those 800 super-delegates who decide this race," said Allan Lichtman, a political analyst with American University.

Superdelegates make up about 20 percent of the votes at the convention.

They're heavy weight party leaders, that include governors, members of Congress and former presidents and vice-presidents.

And despite primary or caucus votes, they're free to support whomever they choose. Both Clinton and Obama are courting their votes, each making the case they're better suited to take on John McCain come November.

"It's no longer just a kind of abstract question. It's a real one for Democrats, who do they want to go up against John McCain. I think the answer yesterday was clear," Clinton said on ABC's Good Morning America.

But Obama questions Clinton's tough stand on national security and the depth of her foreign policy experience.

"I know she talks about visiting 80 countries. Was she negotiating treaties or agreements or was she handling crises during this period of time? My sense is the answer is no," Obama said.

But still with the prospects of neither candidate clinching the nomination, it's more likely Florida and Michigan may be back in play.

"It's unconscionable to me that some party boss in Washington is not going to permit the people to be heard," Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said.

The Democratic National Committee ignored their contest results because they moved their primaries ahead of the party's schedule.

Some argue counting their votes could clear up the confusion, but not everyone agrees on how.

Some say the votes should stand as is, from the "unofficial" primaries earlier this year.

Others want a do-over, but state party officials don't want to pay the millions of dollars it would cost to hold another contest.

A mini-drama that's just part of the ongoing saga of the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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