Dems working on deal for roll-call vote

The AP reports that the deal, as currently structured, would involve Hillary Clinton's getting some votes before Barack Obama is nominated by unanimous consent.

Published August 25, 2008 7:52PM (EDT)

DENVER -- Some supporters of Hillary Clinton have been pushing all summer to have a roll-call vote in which Clinton is included as a candidate at the convention in Denver. As of right now, that vote will happen, but according to a new Associated Press report, it might not happen in quite the way that Clinton's backers had envisioned.

The Clinton and Obama camps "are working on a deal to give her some votes in the roll call for the Democratic presidential nomination, but quickly end the divided balloting in unanimous consent for Obama," the AP says. "The idea is that at the start of the state-by-state vote for the presidential nomination Wednesday night, delegates would cast their votes for Clinton or Obama.

"But the voting would be cut off after a couple of states, the officials said, perhaps ending with New York, when Clinton herself would call for unanimous backing for Obama from the convention floor."

As discussed in an earlier post, on Sunday night the AP reported that Clinton will likely release her pledged delegates when she meets with them Wednesday.

As of this post, a Clinton spokeswoman had not yet responded to an e-mail I sent seeking comment. If she does respond, I'll update.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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