2008 Hillary Releases Her Delegates
posted by August 27 at 14:03 PMon
As the AP reported she would a week ago, Hillary Clinton released her delegates at a reception for them this afternoon at the Convention Center. Via the New York Times:
Mrs. Clinton told her delegates they were free to vote for Mr. Obama during the afternoon nominating roll call, but she did not direct them to do so. “I am here to release you as my delegates,” she told her supporters at the Convention Center in Denver, according to The Associated Press. Many responded with shouts of “No, no.” She added, to cheers, “I am not telling you what to do.”
The announcement of Mrs. Clinton’s move largely ended any suspense about how the nominating process would play out and assured that Mr. Obama would appear before the convention Thursday evening with the vigorous support of the more than 4,400 Democratic Party delegates.
The formal roll call of the states will begin at 4 p.m. local time and end quickly with the nomination of Mr. Obama, the first African-American presidential candidate of a major political party.
I’m pretty sure this piece changed over the last few minutes to reflect the fact that many Clinton delegates plan to (or already have—the ballots were distributed this morning) vote for Clinton anyway. I’m here at the Pepsi Center now, watching the Washington delegation cheer wildly every ten minutes or so for reasons I can’t figure out.
The teleprompter was showing the opening lines of the Pledge of Allegiance a minute ago, but the screen is blank now.
As ever, I am freezing my butt off. But I brought dinner.
And the band that you all hate so much has just begun its opening number.