Democrats last night officially nominated President Barack Obama for reelection. He had the support of his home state, but not its FULL support. From the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports:
State-by-state, Democrats cast their votes to nominate Obama for a second term. Guam, Hawaii, Idaho.
"Illinois, Illinois where the President has served so ably as your Senator you have 215 votes."
"Madame Secretary, The land of Lincoln and the Land of President Barack Obama (whoo.)"
The head of the state party, House Speaker Mike Madigan, went on to recognize other prominent state and local officials, as well as the names of six Democrats in tight races for the U.S. House this fall, before delivering the delegation's votes for Obama.
"Illinois is proud to cast it's 196 votes for a son of Illinois, the President of the United States and the next President of the United States, Barack Obama."
You heard that right. Illinois cast 196 votes. Even though it could have cast 19 more. But according to Madigan's spokesman, that would have entailed getting 19 more signatures from delegates on official paperwork. He says between the time Illinois got those forms Wednesday evening through the time they had to be turned in yesterday morning, that was as many as the state party could collect. The absent votes weren't a problem, long before the roll call got to Wyoming, Ohio's delegation cast the final votes to make Obama Democrat's nominee.
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