Barack Obama has been nominated as the Democratic Party's 2008
The Illinois senator is now officially the
first African-American to be nominated for president by a major U.S.
His former rival, Senator Hillary Clinton, called for his nomination by
acclamation from the convention floor during the roll call vote of the
states today (Wednesday).
Some states had already cast their votes for Obama and Clinton. Both
names were placed in nomination earlier today, the third day of the
convention in Denver, Colorado.
Delegates in the hall cheered and clapped and chanted the Obama campaign slogan "Yes We Can."
Obama arrived in Denver shortly before the roll call vote got underway.
His vice-presidential running mate, Delaware Senator Joseph Biden, also
will be formally nominated today and will accept the nomination when he
addresses the forum later Wednesday.
At a meeting ahead of the nomination vote, Clinton released her
convention delegates to vote for Obama. Many in the audience yelled
"No!" in response. The New York senator said she had already cast her
vote for Obama, but said she would not tell her delegates what to do
and encouraged them to follow their hearts. A small group of Clinton
supporters rallied in Denver today outside the convention site.
Obama will address the convention when he formally accepts the nomination Thursday.