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From the Floor: Live from the Pepsi Center

Jeff Richardson

Jeff Richardson is the Vice Chair of the District's Democratic Party. He will be attending the Democratic National Convention and will be blogging for D.C. Wire from Denver.

For those of you watching on television, I cannot express the feeling inside the Pepsi Center tonight when Senator Hillary Clinton made the motion to suspend the rules and vote by acclimation that Barack Obama be the Democratic Presidential Nominee. I was outside the hall when Senator Clinton began to speak and all you saw outside the arena, myself included, were people running to get into the arena. It was madness, the energy was like nothing else I have ever experienced. Security had to clear the stairs and halt entry because people were so excited.

Throughout this week the convention has been overcast with the concern that Clinton delegates would not change there vote. There have been rumors that a surrogate for Senator Clinton might make a motion, but no one expected that Senator Clinton would do it herself. The arena is buzzing with excitement, I can report from the floor that this was a total surprise.

-- Jeff Richardson

By  |  August 27, 2008; 7:38 PM ET
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