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Obama Nominated for Reelection as President

President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. Obama is heading to Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

photo of Naureen Khan
September 6, 2012

President Obama officially won the Democratic nomination for reelection as president early Thursday.

  • Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte gave Obama the 2,778 votes he needed to become the party’s nominee — a foregone conclusion since he made it clear he would run again nearly two years ago.
  • During the roll call of the states, the votes from Ohio pushed Obama over the top just after midnight. Delegates from Mississippi delayed casting their votes to allow Ohio, a major battleground in 2012, to jump ahead in the alphabetical roll call.
  • Obama did not face a serious primary challenge, unlike Republican Mitt Romney, who accepted his party’s nomination last week after a bitter, multi-candidate primary.
  • Obama will accept his party’s nomination at a little after 10 p.m. on Thursday at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. His speech was originally slated to be delivered at the 75,000-seat Bank of America Stadium, but was moved indoors because of concerns about severe weather.
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