by John M. Broder,
The New York Times
Denver – Senator Barack Obama, the Hawaiian-born son of a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, officially became the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party on Wednesday, capping a meteoric rise from a little-known first-term senator to the first African-American to win a major-party nomination.
Mr. Obama's formal nomination was secured at 6:48p.m. local time on the third day of the Democratic National Convention here, as his primary season rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, moved that Mr. Obama be nominated by acclamation.
Mrs. Clinton had earlier 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 during an emotional session at the downtown Sheraton, according to The Associated Press. Many responded with shouts of "No, no." She added, to cheers, "I am not telling you what to do."
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