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Minnesota votes 78-8 for Obama
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ST. PAUL - Minnesota Democratic convention delegates said they are united behind presidential candidate Barack Obama, but some Hillary Clinton backers took advantage of their last chance to formally express their support for the New York senator.

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Eight delegates threw their support behind Clinton during the presidential nomination roll call vote Wednesday; 78 other Minnesota delegates cast their votes for Obama.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., used the roll call vote to tell the convention that Minnesota is "home of the winning (University of Minnesota) Duluth women's hockey team."

The nomination of Obama, Klobuchar said, came 60 years after a Democratic convention speech by Minnesotan Hubert Humphrey "in which he challenged our country to seize a historic opportunity."

"Minnesota is proud to be part of this historic convention of change," Klobuchar said.

The roll call ended when Clinton asked delegates to back Obama.

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