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Democrats Officially Nominate Obama

It’s not a surprise, of course, but the Democratic party officially nominated Barack Obama as their presidential candidate today.

As the states were called by the chair in alphabetical order, delegation heads announced votes for both Obama and his vanquished rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose name was put in nomination earlier as a symbolic gesture.

However, before the roll call was complete, Clinton herself made the call in the convention hall to nominate Obama by acclamation.

This is the first time that a black man has secured a major party’s nomination.