DNC: Roll call deal reported

DENVER (AP) -- There's word of a deal between the Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton camps on today's historic roll call vote at the Democratic convention in Denver.

The vote will formally hand the presidential nomination to Obama, but will also allow Clinton supporters to express their support for her.

Advisers to Clinton and Obama have sent a joint letter to state delegation chairs explaining how the roll call will work. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

The letter says Clinton will have one nominating speech and two seconding speeches. That would be followed by Obama's nominating speech and three seconding speeches. Then the roll call will begin.

The roll call will continue until all votes are counted or someone asks the delegates to give the nomination to Obama by acclamation.

Democratic officials close to Clinton say they plan to have someone -- perhaps the senator herself -- cut off the vote after a few states.


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