2008 A Deal
posted by August 27 at 10:26 AMon
A deal has been worked out between the Obama and Hillary camps with regard to the roll call vote this afternoon. But the details are still fuzzy.
Via the AP’s Nedra Pickler:
Democratic delegates began marking their presidential nominating ballots Wednesday, making the unprecedented choice between a black man and a white woman. But only a limited number of the ballots were expected to be counted in an afternoon roll call before Barack Obama was declared the party’s presidential nominee by acclamation.
With the convention balloting just hours away, delegates still were waiting to hear which states would participate in the roll call before it was cut off in unanimous support for Obama. The abbreviated vote was the result of a deal between Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton so that some of her backers could express their support without dragging out a divided process.
The deal was short on specifics, though. Delegates still were not clear which states would get to participate in the roll call. State delegation chairs were simply instructed in a joint letter from Clinton and Obama advisers to distribute ballots to delegates Wednesday morning and return them no later than 4 p.m., when voting is scheduled to get under way.
Hillary Clinton is addressing her delegates at 1 pm Denver time, well after those delegates received their ballots and could begin marking them as they wished. But any roll call drama that might have resulted will be quashed by a motion for nomination by acclamation. Still, it seems like this would require a yea/nay vote from the seated delegates. We’ll be at the hall early today to witness any theatrics.