Convention vote expected to be unanimous for Obama
By BYRON TAU |
9/3/12 2:50 PM EDT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Unlike at the Republican convention, there will be no dissenting votes at the Democratic convention.
President Obama is slated to receive the vote of every single credentialed delegate attending the Democratic convention, party officials say.
The vote will be "unanimous," DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse confirmed in an email.
Though several perennial and long-shot candidates (including a convinced felon) won enough votes against Obama to qualify for delegates, none of them filed the proper paperwork to earn delegates at the Democratic convention.
As a result, Obama will be nominated unanimously — a sharp contrast to the disarray on the Republican side featuring walkouts, shouting and eleventh hour procedural maneuvering by Ron Paul supporters during the roll call vote.
A federal court last week rejected John Wolfe Jr.'s lawsuit asking for 19 out of Arkansas' 55 delegates. Similarly, state parties have rejected attempts by other candidates to obtain delegates — citing procedural errors by amateur candidates.
Felon Keith Judd — currently serving time in a Texas prison — won enough votes to qualify for one delegate from West Virginia, but no one filed the paperwork to serve as a delegate on his behalf.
Randall Terry — a lifelong Republican and anti-abortion activist — won enough votes for delegates in a handful of states, but lost fights with several state parties to seat them — again over procedural issues.
It's not a surprise — Obama faced no serious intra-party challenge, after all — but the long-shot Obama challengers won't get a platform or any votes during the state-by-state roll call.