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27 August 2008

With Georgia's Votes Counted, Obama is the Democratic nominee

It only took 73 seconds for Georgia Democratic Party Chair Jane Kidd and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to cast 18 votes for Hillary Clinton and 82 votes for Barack Obama but once Georgia's votes were cast, it was only a matter of time until the junior Senator from Illinois became the Democratic presidential nominee.

In electrifying fashion, the state of New Mexico yielded to Illinois which yielded to New York where Hillary Clinton awaited to make a very special motion.

Even before Clinton uttered a single word, the roar of the crowd in the Pepsi Center was deafening. Every delegate, alternate and honored guest in the convention hall were on their feet as Hillary received the microphone and said:

"Let's declare all together, with one voice, right here and right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate nad he will be our president."

After the formal business of Sen. Clinton moving that the rules be suspended and Barack Obama be nominated by acclamation was completed, several delegates grabbed each other's hands and swayed side to side as The O'Jays hit song "Love Train" blasted from the speakers.

Barack Obama has made history and is now the first African-American nominee for the office of President of the United States for the Democratic Party.