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.