Denver (AP) Colorado Senator Ken Salazar will be one of the speakers who will nominate Barack Obama before roll call at the Pepsi Center tonight.
Salazar says he's been chosen to give one of the nominating speeches before the vote to nominate Obama is taken.
Salazar is a Southern Colorado rancher and first-term Senator who previously served as State Attorney General. His brother, John, is a Colorado congressman and fellow Democrat.
John Straayer is a political science professor at Colorado State University. He says the decision makes sense, considering Salazar is the state's native son and that the move can help democrats gain votes in Colorado.
On Thursday night, speakers include former Vice President Al Gore, Virginia governor Tim Kaine, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean and five other Coloradans: Governor Bill Ritter and representatives Diana Degette, Ed Perlmutter, John Salazar and Mark Udall. Udall is running for the Senate.