LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Democrats have decided to abide by the 2012 presidential primary calendar, rather than holding a January primary as they did in 2008.
Party officials announced Wednesday that they'll use a May 5 caucus to decide how national convention delegates are selected.
That's a huge change from 2008, when Michigan Republicans and Democrats held a joint presidential primary on Jan. 15. Both parties were stripped of their convention delegates, although Democrats eventually got back all of their seats and Republicans got back half.
Florida also jumped ahead in 2008 and faced similar sanctions.
President Barack Obama may be the only candidate on the Democratic ballot, so an expensive primary didn't make sense.
State law will have to be changed to skip a Democratic primary.