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Roll call of NC and SC

By Tim Funk
tfunk@charlotteobserver.com

The Carolinas didn't offer the star appeal of neighboring Tennessee, where actress and delegate Ashley Judd sang the praises of the Volunteer State and cast its 90 votes for President Barack Obama.

But the S.C. delegation chanted during some of its roll-call minute.

And North Carolinians made the most of Charlotte being this year's host of the Democratic National Convention.

While most states cast all their votes for Obama, the president got 152 of North Carolina's 157 votes. No explanation was given, but a few N.C. members of Congress who were earlier listed as delegates -- including Rep. Larry Kissell -- have stayed away from the convention and, in Washington, have voted against much of Obama's agenda.

Most of the remarks from North Carolina were delivered by the state's Democratic Party chairman David Parker of Iredell County.

Here's what the Tar Heel state delegation said from the floor:

"Madame Secretary, the great and sovereign state of North Carolina, the cradle of liberty, is delighted to host the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Madame Secretary, the state of the great Gov. Bev Perdue and the fantastic Sen. Kay Hagan, the state where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great, where we will elect Walter Dalton our next governor, where we voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and where we will carry North Carolina again in 2012 to keep this recovery going, to keep the American Dream alive, North Carolina proudly casts 152 votes for Barack Obama, president of these United States."

When the Democratic party's secretary called on South Carolina, she was answered with "Fired Up! Ready to Go!"

It's a call-and-response chant favored by the Obama campaign and the S.C. delegates repeated it five times before casting its ballots.

"From the great state of South Carolina," the leader of the delegation then began, "the state where 'Fired Up! Ready to Go!'" was organized, we want you to know that it's the home of none other than our great Congressman James Clyburn. So tonight we are honored and proud to give our 62 votes to none other than our president, Barack Obama."

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