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Democrats choose Obama as presidential nominee

DENVER -  The Democratic National Convention has nominated Barack Obama as the party's presidential candidate, the first black American ever named to lead a major party into the fall elections.

Convention delegates stood and cheered in approval Wednesday as former Obama rival Hillary Rodham Clinton called for his nomination by acclamation.

Less than one hour before the roll of the states, Hillary Rodham Clinton began an emotional gathering with her delegates Wednesday by telling them she was releasing them as delegates to vote for Barack Obama. Many in the crowded ballroom yelled back "No!"

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Clinton told her delegates she's not telling them what to do, adding, "You've come here from so many different places, having made this journey and feeling in your heart what is right for you
to do."

Clinton told her loyal followers, "I want you to know that this has been a joy. Yes, we didn't make it. But, boy, did we have a good time."
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