Florida and Michigan, the two states whose Democratic state leaders moved up their respective primaries in violation of Democratic National Committee rules, still have no solution to their voters’ woes. At issue is the fact that Barack Obama subsequently withdrew his name from the ballot in Michigan, and neither he nor Hillary Clinton campaigned in Florida, prompting some to call the contests “beauty pageants.”

The question of what to do with Michigan’s 600,000 and Florida’s 1.7 million total Democratic ballots is an increasingly contentious one. Initial suggestions to hold a mail-in re-vote appear to have failed due to regulation and funding issues, while other options tabled by both campaigns – holding a primary amongst the states’ superdelegates, dividing the unpledged delegates 50-50 between each candidate or seating the delegates as-is from January’s beauty pageant results – have met with little to no consensus between the two campaigns, the state parties and the DNC.

Ultimately, the situation is most dire for Clinton. She needs to be awarded the delegates or point to a strong showing in the popular vote in both states to convince party superdelegates that she is most able to win a general election. Likewise, Obama’s campaign would like nothing more than to see the results divided equally or nullified completely to retain his lead in pledged delegates and popular vote.